No hurry as Reds to welcome back Edwards

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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill is hopeful centre-back Rob Edwards will be fit for Saturday’s away clash with Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

Edwards was back in training yesterday having been sidelined with a frustrating hamstring injury.

But, barring any setbacks, the former Blackpool defender should be ready for the club’s clash with Pompey.

“Rob’s doing really well, but there’s not rush to get him back,” Hill told The Star.

“The players that have come in because of the injuries have done really well and the team is playing well, so we’re not going to rush him back if he’s not 100 per cent.

“The same goes for Craig Davies. He’s back training with us, but he does need some game time under his belt.

“Sometimes you do have to throw players in when they’re not 100 per cent, but hopefully we can use Craig as an impact substitute.

“He’s also got to force his way back into the team because Andy Gray has been playing really well up front. He’s made that shirt his own.”

Striker Davies has been sidelined with a troublesome hamstring injury, but started running again yesterday as he finishes the latter stages of his rehabilitation to return to the firs- team frame.

And there was more good news for Hill after eight days since their last match, with the current international break having provided some welcome respite for some of his injured players to recover.