Joe Lewis' tireless work to regain his fitness following a four-month spell on the sidelines will be rewarded with a Peterborough United reserve-team run-out in tonight's friendly at St. Albans.

The 23-year-old goalkeeper has been out of action since suffering a knee injury for Posh in their Npower League One play-off semi-final victory over MK Dons in May.

As he prepares to line-up in a strong looking second string that will also include recent arrivals at London Road Emile Sinclair and Daniel Kearns - Lewis is anticipating an exciting encounter.

"I am looking forward to it, it will be my first game for four months," he told the club's official website. "I have been working hard for quite a while now and it cannot come quickly enough. It will be a test for me mentally as well as physically.


"I feel my body is ready but to test it in a match situation against competitive opposition will be good for me. And mentally, it is always good to get the first game out of the way."

With stand-in stopper Paul Jones impressing in goal for Peterborough so far this term, the former England U21 international is determined to prove his worth and put himself in contention for a recall to Darren Ferguson's first-team.

"I want to get games under my belt now," he continued. "I have to prove my fitness because I haven't played any matches for four months.

"I want to put Paul Jones under pressure. He is a good goalkeeper and has been playing very well, so I need to show the manager that I am fit and raring to go, train well and play well in the reserve-team matches. It is down to me now."

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