Reds chief mulls over loan options

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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill has told The Star he could be tempted to delve into the loan market to strengthen his injury-ravaged squad.

The Reds have 11 first team players on the sidelines and Hill is understandably worried that his squad are down to the bare bones ahead of Saturday’s home clash with Coventry City.

Influential midfielder David Perkins limped off with a hamstring injury after just 33 minutes of Tuesday night’s spirited 1-1 away draw with Derby County, while left-back Jay McEveley (calf) and winger Ricardo Vaz Te (cramp) also had to be withdrawn because of injuries.

It’s likely Vaz Te will be available for the visit of the Sky Blues, with Derby loan midfielder Miles Addison back in the frame having been ineligible for the Rams’ clash.

Midfielder Nathan Doyle, who has struggled to cement a first-team place this season, could be given the chance to come back and prove himself in the starting XI.

“It might be necessary to go into the loan market,” said Hill, who hopes he will get some players back after the international break. “It’s not a question of resisting dipping into the loan market, it’s a question of whether we can get the right calibre of player at the right money.”