LEE CLARK is confident versatile ace Lee Peltier will be fit to face Peterborough in Sunday’s League I play-off final at Old Trafford.
As Town revealed they will wear blue and white stripes and use the home dressing room at Manchester United’s world-famous stadium, their manager confirmed: “Pelts will be fit and firing.”
The 24-year-old right-back or midfielder needed hamstring treatment from a London specialist to make the semi-final second leg after picking up an injury during the first game at Bournemouth.
He finally came off four minutes into extra time, but Clark has no worries over the former Liverpool and Yeovil player.
“We’re keeping close tabs on all the squad, and the good news is that apart from our long-term absentees Alex Smithies, Anthony Pilkington, Liam Ridehalgh and Damien Johnson, everyone will be fit and firing,” he said.
“The time spell between the semi second leg and the final has given us plenty of opportunity to work with Pelts, and like all the lads, he’s looking forward to the match.”
Town have the right to wear their first-choice kit and use United’s changing room because they finished above Peterborough in the final table (third as opposed to fourth). Posh will wear black.
Both finalists were training as normal today after Town returned from a three-night trip to the Midlands and Posh from an extended spell of time off.
Town’s stay at the famous Belfry mixed training (they used the facilities at Birmingham City) and other activities like golf and clay-pigeon shooting.
“It was a chance to mix some work with some rest and relaxation in a controlled environment,” explained Clark, who revealed Scott Arfield’s clay-pigeon prowess and Jack Hunt and Danny Ward’s talent with the golf clubs.
“We wanted to get the lads away from Huddersfield for a while, and it all went very well. Now it will be a normal week of preparation, because as far as we’re concerned, it’s a normal match.”
Clark has no plans to visit Old Trafford, where Town last played in 1972, before Sunday. Peterborough’s Darren Ferguson, son of Manchester United chief Sir Alex, will bring his squad North on Friday.
Somerset’s Steve Tanner will take charge of Sunday’s game. Peterborough have sold 10,000 tickets and Town well over double.