Barnsley: Reds wait over O’Grady injury

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Barnsley will have to assess the extent of Chris O’Grady’s injury as they prepare for the big relegation clash with Millwall at Oakwell on Saturday.

The Reds striker stayed off at half-time with what was reported to be a rib injury. He had managed to play on until the break but was obviously in some discomfort.

Manager Danny Wilson will hope that the top scorer will be available for the crunch clash at the weekend, a game the Reds would dearly love to win and desperately cannot afford to lose.

O’Grady has become an integral part of Barnsley’s attacking play and has begun forging a partnership with Nick Proschwitz.

Jacob Mellis is available after his three match ban.

Although Barnsley were two down at half-time after being clearly second best, Wilson says he was encouraged by the response in the second half.

“We gave it everything in the second half which pleased me,” said the Barnsley manager.

“To be honest, working hard isn’t a problem. A lot of people would have thought we’d go under but we didn’t.

“So, we’ve come away with our confidence not battered and we move on and focus on the next game.”

Added Wilson: “Wigan are a very good side and they’ll be challenging to get back in the Premier League this season. When you see them in full flow, you can see them being in those play-offs.”

Meanwhile, Martin Woods says he was “absolutely gutted” for Wigan midfielder Ben Watson who suffered a broken leg in an accidental clash with the Barnsley man.

No blame was attached to Woods who says he has contacted Watson who headed Wigan’s FA Cup Final winner last May.

“I’ll keep in touch with him during his recovery and wish him a full and speedy one,” said Woods who knows the frustrations of lengthy absence after back injury at Doncaster kept him out.