Barnsley: England keeper for Reds after Steele set back

England's Jack Butland during a training session at St George's Park, Burton Upon Trent.
England's Jack Butland during a training session at St George's Park, Burton Upon Trent.
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New loan signing Jack Butland is expected to make his Barnsley debut away to Leicester City tomorrow.

Stoke City shot-stopper Butland joined the Reds yesterday on a three-month loan deal after current first-team starter Luke Steele suffered a back injury in training.

And 20-year-old Butland, who made a his England senior international debut last year, is likely to be thrust straight into the action as the Reds look to kick-start their misfiring season.

David Flitcroft’s side have lost six of their eight league outings so far this term and are languishing second from bottom in the table after the club’s worst start to a season for 27 years.

But Flitcroft is hoping the addition of Butland - and possibly two more loan players in the next week - will help the Reds revive their own fortunes.

Butland, who made a £3.3million switch - rising to £3.5million - from Birmingham City to Premier League Stoke at the end of January this year, has yet to play a first team game this season.

The current England Under-21 keeper played on loan for the Blues at the end of last season as one of the condition’s of his four-and-a-half-year contract with the Potters.

But this season Butland has played third fiddle to regular first-team start Asmir Begovic and Thomas Sorensen at the Britannia Stadium.

Bosnian international Begovic has started in all of the Potters’ league games, while Sorensen has started both of the club’s Capital One Cup fixtures. And so it’s hardly surprising Butland was keen to get out on loan to get some much-needed competitive action under his belt.

There was rumoured interest from Real Sociedad and Sporting Lisbon for his signature, with Southampton and Chelsea both having previously expressed an interest in the player while he was playing for Birmingham.

But Butland has penned a 93-day deal which expires on Boxing Day with the Championship club.

Norway striker Marcus Pedersen is not yet ready for his return from the foot injury he sustained on international duty for his country.

However, the Vitesse Arnhem loan hitman is tipped to possibly feature in the Reds’ home clash with Reading at Oakwell on Tuesday evening.

Pedersen has missed the Reds’ last three matches - all of them defeats - having scored his first goal for his new club in a 2-1 win against Huddersfield before the last international break.