MIDFIELDER Nathan Doyle will miss Barnsley’s last game of the season at home to Brighton tomorrow.
Doyle has been ruled out with a knee injury, but defender Bobby Hassell could make a “cameo” appearance in his first match since the end of January.
Hassell’s last outing in a Reds’ shirt was as an 87th minute substitute in the club’s 3-2 home win over Derby County on January 31. Since then has been sidelined with a knee injury.
And Reds’ boss Keith Hill has revealed he may give “one or two” youngsters the chance to impress with Championship safety having already been secured before the club’s season finale with the Seagulls. “Nathan’s definitely out but Bobby’s been on the training pitch for a week-and-a-half, so he might get some sort of cameo role at the weekend,” said Hill.
“And maybe it’s an opportunity for one or two youngsters to play, with one or two on the bench.”
Goalkeeper Luke Steele (groin), Rob Edwards (dead leg) and midfielder Paul Digby (quad) are also missing for the weekend, with forward Matt Done (hamstring) doubtful.
Those injuries could present welcome opportunities for youngsters Danny Rose, Jordan Clark and John Stones to feature at some stage, although Hill added: “We’ll see where we’re at with the game (before deciding whether they’ll feature).”
Brighton might have missed out on the Play-offs this season, but Hill expects Gus Poyet’s side to still be hungry for victory.
And he wants the same hunger from his team who, having lost five of their last six games, can climb as many as three places to 18th in the table if they finish the season with a win and other results go in their favour.
“I just hope the players reward the supporters for the support they’ve given us,” admitted Hill.