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London Raiders goalie King could return against hometown club Peterborough

PUBLISHED: 11:00 03 November 2017

London Raiders goalie Euan King guards his net at Basingstoke, before suffering a knee injury (pic John Scott)

London Raiders goalie Euan King guards his net at Basingstoke, before suffering a knee injury (pic John Scott)

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London Raiders goalie Euan King could return from injury to face his former club Peterborough Phantoms this weekend, writes Jacob Ranson.

The 28-year-old has been out for five weeks but could be in the line-up as they travel to Peterborough tomorrow (Saturday, 7pm) and host Milton Keynes on Sunday (5.30pm).

“It will probably be our toughest game of the season to date as the Phantoms have hit the ground running,” King said.

“They have a number of top-end Brits like Leigh Jamieson, Nathan Salem, Owen Griffiths, as well as two very good imports backed up by one of if not the best coach in the league in Slava Koulikov.”

King revealed he has Phantoms down as favourites to win the title, but believes Raiders must go there and give them no respect.

“Phantoms were my pick at the start of the season and still are now,” he added. “We have to go into that rink and play with freedom and without fear. No one expects us to get anything out of this game, so we have no pressure on us.

“No one expected Huddersfield to beat Man United and they did so why can’t we cause an upset?”

King is excited to return to his hometown rink and believes it will be a great atmosphere, adding: “The Peterborough fans create quite an atmosphere at home and add in the gold and blue voices I think this one will be loud and exciting to play in.

“It’s been a frustrating five weeks or so for me personally as I hate being injured. I’ve been skating now for about three weeks helping young Zach (Grandy-Smith) out where I can and I’ve been receiving physio back home in Peterborough to get back as soon as possible.

“It’s not fully ready, but it’s not far off. It comes down to Sean Easton and Alan Blyth. If they want me to play and I feel fit enough, I’ll be in the line-up.”

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