CAPTAIN Neil Roberts makes his Wrexham return tomorrow with this rallying call for his under-performing team-mates - 'it's up to us to get this club out of trouble'.
Roberts will end five months of injury hell by being named in the squad for the trip to Peterborough.
The talismanic striker has had to watch on as the Dragons have slipped deep into the relegation mire.
Their poor form cost manager Denis Smith his job while they have yet to record a win for his replacement Brian Carey.
Roberts says only the players can carry the can for their lowly position in League Two, and he has assured Reds fans, dismayed by Saturday's demoralising defeat to Wycombe, they are only too aware they have not performed.
However, Roberts is equally aware the time for talk is over.
He said: 'There is still time to get out of it but we can't just talk about putting it right, we need to go out there and do it.
'We have got ourselves into this position and it's only us who can get ourselves out of it. We've got 16 games left and we need to perform in every one of them.
'It is in our hands. Not Brian Carey's or (assistant) Steve Weaver's, it's up to the players.'
Roberts, two abortive comebacks aside, has been sidelined since September with an ankle injury.
He played an hour of last Wednesday's mini-derby victory at Chester Reserves and took part in a practice match against Macclesfield on Tuesday.
Boss Carey may be tempted to throw him into the fray at Peterborough tomorrow given he is without two of his most experienced players.
Chris Llewellyn and Ryan Valentine were booked in the 2-0 home defeat to Wycombe and so must serve one and two-match suspensions respectively.
Valentine could be replaced by Scott Barron, who yesterday signed on a month's loan from Ipswich.
The 21-year-old, who can play at left-back or left midfield, was a regular for the Championship outfit last season but has not featured for Jim Magilton's men this ter m.
Tomorrow's clash with Posh reunites Wrexham with their former captain Darren Ferguson, who quit the club last month to take over at London Road, and whose first act was to name ex-Dragons number two Kevin Russell as his assistant.
Roberts insists that will not add extra spice for a match between the division's most out-of-form sides.
The skipper said: 'Coming up against Darren and Kevin does not add anything more to the game. They are two of my best friends and it will be nice to come up against them but it doesn't matter who we are playing now, we just need wins.'
Another of the Reds' most influential players, Mark Jones, has an outside chance of being included tomorrow after returning to action in the low-key friendly with Macclesfield. ..SUPL: