Ryan Tunnicliffe stakes claim for Peterborough place

Ryan Tunnicliffe
Fifteen of Tunnicliffe's 22 Posh appearances have come from the bench

Peterborough United midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe has backed himself to fill the void in midfield left by Grant McCann's injury.

The 18-year-old, on loan from Manchester United, has made just six starts for Posh this season.

"Grant will be a big miss," he told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

"But while he's out I'll be more suited to that holding role than the any of the other midfielders. It's a big opportunity and I've got to take it."

He added: "It's not my preferred position. I do understand it and we've been working on it in training to try and perfect it."

Boss Darren Ferguson confirmed the Red Devils youngster would get the nod to replace the club captain against Coventry on Saturday.

With just three games of his London Road stint remaining, Ferguson is "hopeful" he will return in January.

But Tunnicliffe admits that injury problems at Old Trafford, where Darren Fletcher has been ruled out for the foreseeable future, could lure him back to the Premier League champions.

"I'll speak to my agent, the gaffer here and maybe [Man] United to see what's best for me," he explained.

"There's obviously a shortage at [Man] United at the moment so I could look at that and maybe try and push for the first team.

"Maybe the gaffer thinks staying down here is better for me. But we'll just have to see."

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Posh have received better news on the condition of McCann, who tore a knee ligament against Leicester on Saturday.

Ferguson believes the Northern Irishman will be out for closer to six weeks and not 10, as first feared.

Meanwhile, the Posh boss has said the club are still some way from securing a new contract with keeper Joe Lewis, who is being monitored by QPR.

"We've offered him a contract," said Ferguson. "We're still a fair bit apart I have to admit.

"We know we're not going to get a penny for him when the season ends.

"If QPR bid we'll have to see what sort of bid it is. If they don't Joe's our player until the end of the season."

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