BARNSLEY boss Mark Robins had a trio of injury worries ahead of today’s match with Reading at Oakwell.
Centre-back Paul McShane remained a serious doubt with a hamstring injury, while striker Danny Haynes and Chelsea loan midfielder Jacob Mellis have both been nursing tight hamstrings.
Skipper Jason Shackell is fit to play having tweaked a hamstring in last Sunday’s battling 2-2 away draw with Cardiff City, with defender Bobby Hassell having recovered from a calf injury and Argentinean midfielder Hugo Colace fit after an adductor tear.
“We’ll have to see how some of the lads go, but we’ll be leaving it until the last minute to see whether they play any part,” said Robins.
The Reds - aiming to stretch a run of three without defeat - were beaten 3-0 by the Royals at the Madejski Stadium, but the scoreline somewhat flattered the hosts.
In their last three meetings it’s been Reading who have emerged with victories in all of those fixtures. They visit South Yorkshire with their six-game unbeaten run ended by a 1-0 loss to Manchester City in the FA Cup quarter-finals having earlier dumped out former winners Everton in a replay at Goodison Park in the previous round.
Reds goalkeeper Luke Steele commented: “Reading have done quite well this season and I think that’s surprised a few people,
“They were near the bottom and then had a good run and also had a run in the FA Cup as well.
“We know it’s going to be a tough game, but we’ve been on a little bit of run ourselves and it would be nice if we could keep that sequence of games going. It’s a little snowball at the moment but can we roll on and make it a bigger one as the final weeks unfold?”