BARNSLEY: Injured Reds pair miss clash

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BARNSLEY face Wolves at Molineux tonight without injured winger Matty Done and defender Jimmy McNulty.

And young midfielder Paul Digby is also a major doubt with a thigh injury, so it’s all-hands to the pump for Reds boss Keith Hill. But even a string of unwanted injuries can’t halt the Reds at the minute having started the season in fine fashion.

And they will be boosted by the fact their hosts have won just one of their last 27 games dating back to 4 December.

Stale Solbakken’s side were also beaten 1-0 away to Leeds on Saturday, while the Reds clinched a 1-0 home win over Middlesbrough.

And yesterday Hill strengthened his squad by signing former Coventry City defender Martin Cranie. The 25-year-old free agent arrived on a one-year deal.

Cranie may make his Reds debut this evening, although full-back Scott Wiseman could be retained as a makeshift centre-back again having impressed alongside Stephen Foster against Boro.

“The gaffer has shown a lot of faith in me, so I’m delighted to have signed for the club” said Cranie. “I’ve been training with Leeds during pre-season so I’m raring to go.”

Hill will have to make one change though with Done sidelined for as long as month with a knee injury, so there’s a chance for someone to come in and shine on the left wing.

Bobby Hassell, Kelvin Etuhu and Stephen Dawson are all pushing hard for starts, but the in-form Craig Davies and new signing Marlon Harewood are unlikely to be changed up front.

And for Harewood, as well as for Telford-born Lee Collins, tonight’s match is a chance to shine against their former club.

Harewood had a loan spell with Wolves in 2009, while Collins started his pro career with the club.

Formers Reds Adam Hammill and loan striker Frank Nouble are both with Wolves, but both are unlikely to start.

Barnsley haven’t won in their last 12 visits to Molineux, with the last away win a 2-1 triumph in October 1991.

Meanwhile, promising youngster John Stones signed a new deal with the club yesterday until 2015.