Barnsley: Man Utd starlet extends loan at Barnsley

Ben Pearson, pictured right against Swindon, has extended his Oakwell loan for another month. Photo: Keith Turner
Ben Pearson, pictured right against Swindon, has extended his Oakwell loan for another month. Photo: Keith Turner
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Barnsley have been handed a welcome boost ahead of tonight’s home clash with Fleetwood Town.

Manchester United midfielder Ben Pearson has signed a one-month loan extension with the club until March 8.

And that means the 20-year-old is available for this evening’s showdown with the Cod Army at Oakwell.

“Ben’s a very good player, it’s no secret we’re big admirers of him,” said Reds assistant boss Chris Hutchings.

Beaten 2-0 away to promotion-chasers Swindon Town at the weekend, the Reds are looking to make it a fifth straight home league win after an impressive run of form at Oakwell.

The Reds go into the fixture with plenty of confidence but Hutchings admitted they are still sweating on the fitness of star striker Sam Winnall.

Winnall tweaked his troublesome hamstring – which has kept him out for three months – in the warm-up at the County Ground and was withdrawn from the substitute’s bench.

“We’re just waiting on results of how things [tests] have gone with him,” admitted Hutchings. “Sam felt a twinge in his hamstring in the warm-up, so as a precaution we felt it best we pull him out of the squad. We didn’t want to make the injury any worse because to get him back now would be a major plus.

“He’s shown in the couple of games he’s come on as a substitute that he has been missed, especially because he was in a rich vein of form before he got injured.

“He has been a loss for us, but with him being out of the team it’s been up to somebody else to grab that shirt and make a claim for it.”

Skipper Martin Cranie trained yesterday despite having had to be replaced with a hip injury against the Robins last Saturday.

Defender James Bree remains sidelined with a back injury, but otherwise the Reds have no new injury worries.

“It’s a home game, so we want to give our fans something to shout about,” said Hutchings.

“We’ve been good at home and we want to continue that on Tuesday evening.”