Barnsley keeper Preece ruled out for rest of season

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BARNSLEY keeper David Preece has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a fractured wrist.

Preece has played just one game this season having been kept out of the first team by regular starter Luke Steele this season.

For nearly of this season 35-year-old Preece has been sat on the substitute’s bench, but his injury creates a potential headache for Reds boss Keith Hill with only Academy keeper Lukas Lidalevicious as cover unless he re-inforces with a loan keeper with 12 games remaining this season, including tomorrow’s home clash with high-flying Reading.

“David fractured his hand in the warm-up against Southampton, so he’s out for the season,” admitted Hill.

The Reds are already without eight injured players, although Port Vale defender Lee Collins has bolstered the ranks having signed on loan this week until the end of the season.

David Perkins (knee), Bobby Hassell (knee), Jim O’Brien (groin), Rob Edwards (hamstring), Jay McEveley (knee), Scott Goldbourne (thigh), Luke Potter (knee) and Jacob Butterfield (knee) all are out injured, the latter two until the end of the season.