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Davies fears Posh blow

Posted on 20 July 2000  - 12:00

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Simon Davies fears he may miss out on his dream pre-season date at Peterborough United.

Our young midfielder has been told by specialists that it will be another month before he is ready to make physical contact after shattering a bone in his left hand while on Welsh international duty in May.

Davies needed nuts and bolts to hold the injury together after an awkward fall against Scotland Under-21s and although they have since been removed and he is back in full pre-season training, he is not ready to return to match action.

The 20-year-old revealed: "I've seen the specialist and he's told me that it will be another month before I can play and make physical contact with other players, so obviously I'm disappointed because I'm missing out on Sweden and it feels like everyone else is getting a head start on me.

"Instead, I'll be staying at Spurs Lodge and continuing with my fitness training. If I went to Sweden all I would have been able to do was the running so we decided it would be pointless me travelling all the way out there. I can do all that here so I will concentrate on that.

"The nuts and bolts are out now but the specialist has said he thinks the bone is still too weak and will need another month to be safe. I would say three weeks probably."

Davies has been left behind as the first-team squad embarks on the club's tour of Sweden this week. Even more frustrating is the very real threat that he could miss the friendly at London Road - where he made his name with winger Matthew Etherington before we made a L1.2m swoop for the pair in January - on Tuesday August 8.

"The game at Posh is now my target," he revealed. "I haven't spoken to the physio about it but that is what I'm aiming for, to try and get back for then.

"It is a massive match for me and it would be really disappointing to miss out. I'm really looking forward to going back there. I had a great time at London Road, got on great with the fans and it would be a great start to the season for me if I started pre-season there. At the same time, it would be bitterly disappointing to miss out."


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