BARNSLEY: Injuries hit Reds for Keith Hill’s first return to ‘Dale

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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill doesn’t want any sympathy for his injury-ravaged squad ahead of tomorrow’s first round Capital One Carling clash with his former club Rochdale.

Hill returns to Spotland for the first time since leaving the club to become the Reds’ new manager last summer.

But Hill goes back to his most successful hunting ground with four players definitely out for the clash with the League Two side.

Egyptian striker Mido, winger Toni Silva, goalkeeper Luke Steele and left-back Scott Golbourne are all ruled out.

Golbourne is the latest player to be sidelined having struggled with a thigh injury which has curtailed his pre-season.

Defender Rob Edwards and midfielder Jacob Mellis have both missed some training this week with illness, but both players are expected to be fit.

“I’m reasonably happy with the squad, there’ll be no hard luck stories or feel sorry for Keith Hill and the players,” stressed Hill. “We’ve got to put a team out and make sure we win.

“We’ve got to take care of this weekend with the players that we’ve got available. We’ve got to show the players that we’ve trusted in pre-season the respect that they deserve. They’ll be given their opportunity against Rochdale, it’s as simple as that.

“We’ve got a united squad and we’re going to go out there and try and make the best impact by winning the football match.”

Nearly all of the players that Hill and his assistant boss David Flitcroft managed at Spotland have since moved on, but that doesn’t mean the management duo expect an easy task against John Coleman’s side.

“It’s always competitive playing against John Coleman’s sides, we’ve had a lot of competitive games in the past, but I expect us to shine through as the Championship side,” added Hill.

“It’s going to be competitive because of the nature of the game, me and David Flitcroft going back to our old club.

“I really enjoyed my time at Rochdale. The way that we took a club which was destined for the Conference was special. It was incredible what we did. It was really sad when I realised they’d been relegated, but they’ve got a good manager who will resurrect their fortunes.”