Barnsley boss Keith Hill will be without a string of key players for tomorrow’s eown with promotion-fancied Leicester City.
Striker Craig Davies and midfielders Miles Addison and Reuben Noble-Lazarus will all be missing the visit of the Foxes.
And, to make matters worse for the Oakwell club, Serbian midfielder Goran Lovre, who has been working hard to break into the first team this season, has picked up a knee injury and will be out for at least a month.
But Hill could welcome back Portuguese striker Ricardo Vaz Te and midfielder Nathan Doyle who have recovered from thigh and groin injuries respectively.
Both players have trained this week in preparation for the visit of Sven-Goran Erikkson’s team to Oakwell.
“We’ve still got a few injuries unfortunately, but we’ll have to live with that,” revealed Hill, confident his side can still earn themselves their first home win of the season.
“Craig Davies, Reuben Noble-Lazarus and Miles Addison will definitely be out for the weekend and Goran Lovre is going to be out for at least a month because of a knee injury he picked up in training.
“But Ricardo has been doing well and so has Nathan. We’ll leave it right up until the last minute to see how the squad looks.”
Thankfully for Hill, there are no more new injuries, with long-term absentee Luke Potter making good progress after a second medial ligament op during the summer.
“Luke’s doing well, but he’s still got a bit of time yet before he’s ready,” added Hill. “It would be nice to have as many players fit as possible because we’ve been down to 15 outfield players on a couple of occasions this season.
“But we’ve put some great work on the training pitch in preparation for Leicester. We’re really looking forward to the game.”
The Foxes will be without striker David Nugent, who has scored twice this season but who is sidelined with a hamstring injury.
But former Leeds United and Everton hitman Jermaine Beckford is poised to make his debut for the visitors following his £2.5 million transfer deadline day move.