BARNSLEY will be without eight key first-team players for today’s away clash with Birmingham City.
Reds boss Keith Hill had hoped some of his injured players would be back in time for the club’s Championship clash with the Blues, last season’s Carling Cup winners.
But strikers Danny Haynes (hamstring) and Craig Davies (groin), midfielders Reuben Noble-Lazarus (ankle), Miles Addison (ankle) and Goran Lovre (knee), as well as defenders Rob Edwards (hamstring) and Luke Potter (knee), all remain sidelined.
Lovre could be out for as long as eight weeks with his knee problem, while Potter is still some way from being fit after he continues his rehabilitation for a second medial ligament operation during the summer.
However, Hill doesn’t envisage his six other players will be fit enough for next Tuesday’s away clash with Derby County at Pride Park.
To make matters worse, a mystery illness swept through the camp this week with centre-back Stephen Foster forced to miss some training with sickness and while Middlesbrough loan youngster Cameron Park - who made his debut at home to Watford last Saturday - has not trained all week because of a bad chest infection.
Teenager Park will definitely play no part today, although Foster is available for selection, as is winger Matt Done who has recovered from the hamstring injury which threatened to half his involvement in this weekend’s Midlands’ fixture.
“We’ve got too many (injuries) at the moment, but while they’re out it’s a chance for somebody else to impress,” Hill told The Star. “It’s a case of managing those injuries and doing the best we can.
“I don’t reckon any of the (injured) lads will be ready for next week.
“But hopefully the international break will give us a chance to get a few more back.
“I’m never going to rush any players back from injury until they’re 100 per cent fit.
“If you do rush them back then you risk them getting injured again and being out for longer.
“But it’s good to have Matt Done available.”