Barnsley: International call-ups give Danny Wilson a selection poser

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Barnsley boss Danny Wilson will have to shuffle his pack for tonight’s visit of Colchester United to Oakwell because of international duty.

Wilson will be without Fulham loan duo Ryan Williams and Marcello Trotta for the visit of the U’s.

And former Reds’ Academy graduate Paul Digby is also missing having been called up to represent his country.

Winger Williams and striker Trotta are both on international duty for Australia and Italy Under-21s respectively.

Williams has been selected to represent the Socceroos in a four-team tournament in Wuhan, China, starting today.

The 21-year-old could play in a glamour fixture against Brazil today and then China on Sunday, followed by a clash with Korea next Tuesday.

Trotta, meanwhile, is looking to win a starting place against Denmark on Monday, while Digby has been called up to the England Under-20s squad who face Portugal on Monday in Coimbra.

The omission of Trotta, who played 79 minutes on his debut in Saturday’s 5-0 demolition of Burton Albion, is unlikely to be a big loss for the Reds with striker Kane Hemmings and Leroy Lita both chomping at the bit for starting berths.

And the loss of Digby, who has only started one game in five appearances this season, is also unlikely to worry Wilson with plenty of midfield options at his disposal.

However, Williams has started the last seven games for Barnsley, with his pace and attacking instinct having been key to a welcome run of form, most notably a three-match unbeaten run which Wilson’s side are looking to extend tonight.

“In a lot of people’s eyes we’ve had a bad start to the season, but we’re 12th in the league and we are improving,” admitted Wilson, speaking exclusively to The Star.

“Of course you want to start the season well and get some points on the board to take some of the pressure off, but at the same time you don’t want to peak in November.

“We’ve had an average start but I’ve been very pleased with the performances and how we’ve grown as a team.

“Now it’s about getting the consistency we’re looking for.

“Colchester will come here [to Oakwell] with plenty of confidence on the back of a good win in the FA Cup, so we know we’ll have to be fully on top of our game.”

Meanwhile, the Reds; FA Cup second round clash with Vanarama Conference club Chester City has been confirmed for Sunday 7th December, with a slightly earlier kick-off time of 2pm.

However, Reds’ loan striker Rhys Oates will not be eligible to play against his parent club having gone on loan to Chester earlier this week.