Fergie Jnr fancies his Peterborough's chances of sickening giants Blackburn
26 October 2009 06:22
Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson insists the swine flu outbreak at Blackburn has not hindered his side's preparations for the Carling Cup tie at Ewood Park.
The Barclays Premier League side have seen three members of their squad contract the disease and there were fears that the game may even be postponed.
But Rovers have confirmed the game will go ahead and Ferguson believes his Coca-Cola Championship strugglers have what it takes to cause an upset by beating Sam Allardyce's team.
Ferguson said: 'It is certainly an unusual build-up to a game but it hasn't affected our preparations at all, we are preparing in the usual way.
'I'm sure it may disrupt them but we were only made aware of it this morning.
'I believe Chris Samba and David Dunn didn't travel on Saturday and maybe two or three others have symptoms but I'm sure the game will go ahead.
'I don't know what team they will play anyway. They lost 5-0 at the weekend and play Manchester United on Saturday so there is every chance that they will make changes regardless.
'We'll have to wait and see but we go there with the belief that we can get a result.'
Craig Mackail-Smith is a doubt while defender Gabriel Zakuani is struggling with a hamstring problem.
Defenders Ryan Bennett and Scott Griffiths are both ineligible after featuring in the competition for Grimsby and Dagenham respectively while on-loan Tottenham midfielder Danny Rose is also cup-tied.