Flitcroft vows to ‘manage’ star Reds winger McCourt

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Reds manager David Flitcroft has promised to manage star winger Paddy McCourt’s workload.

Flitcroft has taken the skilful Northern Ireland international off in their last two Championship outings with Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday.

McCourt, contracted to Barnsley until the end of the season, is carrying a slight injury. Flitcroft said the in-form winger became stiff at half-time in the hard-fought draw with the Owls and confirmed he had a scan which revealed a slight tear in a buttock muscle.

He said: “The medical department have patched him. We are managing and trying to keep Paddy right. We have got a great medical department who are very professional. The communication between myself and Paddy is superb so we will be alright.

“We are going to try and manage it on a day to day, week by week basis. We’ve just got to make sure it doesn’t get any worse.

“I wish I was as fleet footed as Paddy is with an injury! If we can manage him right, he’s special. He’s unique and different to what this league has got to offer.”

McCourt, who scored a sublime solo goal in their victory thrilling victory over Middlesbrough, used to play alongside Flitcroft at Rochdale.

Having collected four points from their last two matches, Marcus Pedersen hopes the Reds have turned the corner.

“We are growing as a team and it should be good in the next few games,” he said.

Meanwhile, Barnsley’s development side face Leeds United Under in the Under 21 Premier League Cup at Oakwell tonight, kick-off 7pm. Tickets are priced at £1 for all via the West Stand only with all proceeds going to Barnsley Hospice. The winners will travel to Bolton Wanderers.