BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill and his players took a well-earned break this week after a challenging start to the season.
But it’s back to business on Monday as the Reds return to training ahead of their next Championship clash, at home to Blackpool next Saturday.
And by that time Hill hopes to have some of his injured players back in the frame for selection.
No fewer than nine players are sidelined with injury at Oakwell, a headache which Hill will hopefully be able to put behind him over the course of the next month.
“Hopefully we’ve got a few players back, but we’ll have to assess the situation next week,” Hill told The Star.
“I’ve never had this many injured players at one time, but the international break has given everyone a welcome break.
“It’s been a tough start to the season and we have missed key players, but we’ve got to get on with the job in hand and have done well to get six points.”
The Reds beat Bristol City at home in their last match and that was despite being reduced to ten men when Bobby Hassell was sent off for a careless two-footed lunge.
Hassell will miss the club’s next three matches, but Hill is hopeful defender Jimmy McNulty and David Perkins, the heart of the Reds’ midfield, engine room, will be two of the players back in contention.
With tough fixtures to follow against Blackburn Rovers then Birmingham City, it’s no wonder Hill wants as many options as possible having admitted his team have been “see-through” of late because of their injury problems.