BARNSLEY: Depleted Reds consider loan swoop to ease crisis

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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill will have NO players back from injury in time for tomorrow’s home clash with Bristol City.

The Reds are really down to the bare bones with nine players still sidelined.

And Hill is hungry for a response from his players following three defeats in a row to Wolves, Brighton and more Premier League Swansea City in the second round of the Captial One Cup.

As Barnsley bid to get back on track in the league tomorrow the manger has hinted that he might recruit from the loan market if he can’t bring any new signings in before today’s transfer window shuts.

“There’s the possibility of dipping into the loan market if we need to if the injury problems we’ve got haven’t got better when we return from the international break,” said Hill.

“It’s been so bad that even me and Flicker [assistant manager David Flitcroft] have injured ourselves in training, I’ve rolled my ankle and he’s done his knee.

“It could be a couple of months before we’ve got a fully fit squad and everyone is ready for us, that’s the advantage to having a squad with real depth to it.

“To legislate for the injuries we’ve got you’ve got to have really good finances, and unfortunately we haven’t got that.

“We’ve looked at every possible reason for the injuries, we’ve easy gone as far as to look at the type of cars the players are driving to work, especially for the hamstring problems.

“And we’ve sought advice off other clubs as well to see if we’re doing anything wrong, but we’ve been assured that everything we’re doing is correct.

“It’s just coincidental at the moment, we just can’t find the reason as to why we’re picking up so many injuries.”

Wingers Jim O’Brien (shoulder), Matty Done (hamstring) and Toni Silva (hamstring are all missing, while midfielders David Perkins (hamstring) and Paul Digby (thigh) are also sidelined.

Keeper Luke Steele (groin), striker Mido (hamstring) and defenders Jimmy McNulty (hamstring) and Rob Edwards (groin) make up Hill’s unwanted casualty list.