BRADLEY OUT, BACON OKAY

Wednesday August 09, 2017
PETERBOROUGH have received mixed news on the injury front ahead of their return to SGB Championship action.

The 'T Balfe Construction' Panthers face three away tests in as many days - starting at Edinburgh on Friday, then visiting Berwick on Saturday and Newcastle on Sunday.

New Zealand champion Bradley Wilson-Dean will miss the busy run with a hand injury which also forced him out of the club's SGB Championship Fours triumph.

But reserve Tom Bacon will be fit for the triple-header on the road after suffering a partial dislocation of the shoulder while racing for his National League side, Birmingham, last weekend.

Bacon is due to undergo further physiotherapy during this week to ensure he is able to line up at Armadale, Shielfield Park and Brough Park on successive nights.

"It's a blow to be without Bradley," said team boss Carl Johnson. "He performed very well at Edinburgh earlier in the season and Berwick is another that I think would suit him.

"We've had better news about Tom and he should be fine for the three away meetings and hopefully he can continue the sort of form he has showed lately."

Panthers have booked Ipswich man Justin Sedgmen to guest at Edinburgh.

He steps in for skipper Ulrich Ostergaard, who has a Danish League commitment, with the rider replacement facility covering the absence of Wilson-Dean.

Panthers then borrow Newcastle star Steve Worrall to cover for number one Chris Harris, who has an SGB Premiership fixture, at Berwick.

Ostergaard returns for that meeting so it will again be rider replacement for Wilson-Dean - and that's also the case at Newcastle where the Kiwi is concerned as Harris slots back in.

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