LEADING scorer Craig Davies could make a surprise return for Barnsley at to Bolton Wanderers today.
Davies, sidelined with a training ground hamstring injury, has not played for nearly a month.
His last game was the Reds’ 1-0 victory away to Charlton Athletic on October 20, but The Star understands the former Chesterfield hitman could be thrown back into the firing line this afternoon.
“He’s definitely in contention to play, but it’s whether I risk him or not,” revealed Hill. “I’ve got to make a difficult decision but I’m happy making it.
“But I’m nervous about putting him back in because of his injury - I am about a few of the players.
“Just look at David Perkins.We’ve missed him through the same injury three times this season.
“With him and Craig out of the side our results have suffered.”
Hill swooped to sign former Sheffield Wednesday striker Marcus Tudgay from Forest earlier this week and he is set to start.
With Barnsley beaten in their last four Championship matches and having not scored in their last three league outings, Hill knows only too well they need a positive result to get their campaign back on track.
But the Reds’ cause isn’t helped with injuries to striker Mido, Perkins and fellow midfielder Paul Digby and defenders Bobby Hassell and Rob Edwards.
“New boss Dougie Freedman did well at Crystal Palace, but he’s probably got a better calibre of player and he’ll probably set Bolton up to play in a similar manner to Palace,” said Hill who lives in Bolton and feels the Bolton public rather took for granted the Sam Allardyce years.