Boss ends pursuit

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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill will not be trying to resurrect deals to sign Manchester City midfielder Gai Assulin and Rochdale midfielder Joe Thompson on loan.

The Reds have been plagued with injuries and have nine players sidelined.

Twelve players have been missing from action in the last fortnight and so Hill was keen to bolster his squad with 20-year-old Israel international Assulin and Thompson, a promising 22-year-old who Hill helped improve at his former club Rochdale.

Hill revealed: “There was a small window of opportunity to sign both of those players, but that’s passed now. We’ve had a lot of injuries and I wanted to get them both but both the deals are dead in the water now. We won’t be going there again.

“We’re starting to get back players from injury, which is great, so hopefully I’ll have a few more to pick from before next Saturday.”

The Reds return to action after the international break away to Portsmouth on October 15, with a revised 5.20pm kick-off.

And Hill is hopeful some his key players will be ready to return, although midfielder David Perkins will definitely be missing.

“I’m not going to have any headaches when players come back, whoever I pick to play against Portsmouth will deserve to” added Hill.

“We’ve trained for a couple of days this week and then the players have got a few days off. They’re tired because we’ve had three games in a short time, I don’t think sometimes people realise the physical and psychological demands they experience. I’m ready for them coming back into training next Monday with plenty of energy.”

Defender Bobby Hassell has not trained this week due to the groin injury he picked up in the Reds’ win over Coventry City in their last fixture before the international break. But the club captain will return to training next week.