BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill admits he will probably be forced to shuffle his pack for tomorrow’s away clash with Birmingham City.
The Reds travel to St Andrew’s to battle it out with the former Premier League club and last season’s Carling Cup winners.
But having gone unbeaten in their last four matches, an illness through the camp could not have come at a worse time with Hill’s charges on a Championship roll of late.
“We’ve had illness in the camp, so we’re probably worse off then we were last week,” revealed Hill, who was keen not to give too much away on which players are doubtful.
The Reds have a string of other players struggling with injuries and facing a race against time to be fit.
Winger Matt Done, defender Rob Edwards and striker Danny Haynes are all out with hamstring injuries, while striker Craig Davies (groin), Reuben Noble-Lazarus (ankle), defender Miles Addison (ankle) and Serbian midfielder Goran Lovre (knee) are also sidelined.
Lovre is expected to be out for up to eight weeks” according to Hill, while his six other injured players are all working hard to try and be in contention for what promises to be an intriguing clash with the Blues.
“It presents an opportunity for other players,” added Hill. “We’re going into a stern test, but we’ve no fear.
“It’s a high challenge. Playing away from home against the current Carling Cup holders and ex-Premier League side.
“We’re dealing with a team whose prospects are more secure than ours for getting promotion.
“There’ll be an expectancy from Birmingham to beat us and we’re looking to play off that expectancy.
“They’ve got an excellent manager [in Chris Hughton] and a gentleman of the game. And I’m glad to see him back in the game because what happened to him up at Newcastle was unfair and unfounded.”
The Blues have lost their last three matches in three different competitions and have leaked nine goals, so maybe there is no better time for the Reds to try and cause an upset against their promotion-fancied hosts.
The Reds have lost their last four matches at St Andrew’s, with their last win a 4-0 back in May 2000.