BARNSLEY: Depleted Reds seek new blood ahead of Seagulls test

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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill is working hard to bolster his injury-ravaged squad – and he hopes he could have at least one new signing at Oakwell before the weekend.

Hill revealed he has made enquiries about signing Doncaster Rovers midfielder James Coppinger and Manchester City defender/midfielder Jeremy Helan on loan.

The Reds have 10 players out with injury and goalkeeper Ben Alnwick with one match still left to serve of his three-match suspension.

“I’m worried about our injuries, but what can we do?” Hill told The Star. “There’s no point beating ourselves up now, we’ve just got to get on with it and do the best we can in these next three games and hope we can get some players back after the international break.

“I’ve made enquiries about James and Jeremy, so hopefully we can do something there. It’s tough on the players right now, physically and mentally because we’re being stretched. We are looking see-through and opposition teams are legislating for the way we’re playing and setting up.

“We’re looking at a few players so hopefully we can strengthen the side.”

The Reds face Brighton away on Saturday with midfielder David Perkins now out with a hamstring injury, although Hill is “optimistic” his “magical midget” will be ready for the club’s home clash with Bristol City on Saturday September 1.

“It’s a shame we’ve lost Perks as well because he’s our engine room,” added Hill. “I don’t think there’s a midfielder player in the division who wouldn’t want to play alongside him.”