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BARNSLEY boss Mark Robins has revealed injured defender Stephen Foster has “a real good chance” of being fit for Saturday’s home clash with Ipswich Town.

Centre-back Foster has missed the club’s last three Championship matches after having seven stitches in a shin gash picked up in a challenge with striker Billy Sharp in the club’s 2-0 South Yorkshire derby victory over Doncaster Rovers last month.

Bu,t having missed the Reds’ recent matches against Millwall, Preston North End and Leicester City, Foster could return to the starting line-up this weekend for the visit of the Tractor Boys.

“Stephen’s had a lot of bruising and swelling after the injury, but he’s been recovering well and has a real good chance of being available for Saturday,” Robins told The Star.

“It will be good to have him back. Him and Jason Shackell have been excellent for us this season; they’ve been important for us in the centre of defence.

“But, saying that, Bobby Hassell has come in and done a great job in that position, and so did Nathan Doyle when we needed him too.”

The Reds are 13th in the current standings after 30 games and nine points adrift of the play-offs with 16 games remaining this term.