BARNSLEY: Reluctant Keith Hill studies options

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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill does not want to delve into the transfer loan market if he can avoid it.

The Reds have been plagued with injuries for the last couple of months and onlyone player from an injury-list of nine is expected to be in contention for Saturday’s home clash with Championship leaders Blackpool.

Defender Rob Edwards is back in the frame and trained for the first time yesterday after Hill gave the majority of his squad time off for the first week of the fortnight international break.

But key players like David Perkins, Jimmy McNulty, Matty Done and Jim O’Brien are all still sidelined and expected to be out for anywhere between another one to two weeks.

And the return of new signings Mido and Toni Silva is also still yet to be established as they recover from hamstring injuries.

“I’m reluctantly tempted to use the loan window, but I don’t really see any one benefiting other than the loan club,” revealed Hill, speaking exclusively to The Star.

“It’s a short fix and I know that I’m going to be getting players back, so it’s a question of how many games a loan player might get.

“To be honest, I was slightly disappointed that we didn’t have more of the injured players back in training, but it looks like the majority of them are going to be another one or two weeks away.”

The versatile Bobby Hassell, who has played in defence and midfield this season, will miss the Reds’ next three matches, having been suspended for his red card in the club’s 1-0 home win over Bristol City prior to the international break.

And with midfielder Perkins also missing from the Reds’ midfield engine room, Hill is understandably concerned he might be forced to find cover.

“We’ve got a gap in that midfield and I need to find a solution,” he said. We’ve still got a lot of injuries and three really tough games.”