BARNSLEY: Mido closes in on Reds exit

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MIDO could leave Barnsley this week.

The Star understands the Egyptian striker – who has played just 27 minutes this season – is close to leaving the club.

Fitness issues and injuries are believed to be factors in the club having lost patience with him.

Matters finally came to a head this week when Mido was docked two week’s wages, believed to be £8,000, for an offensive tweet he posted on his Twitter account. The former Spurs and West Ham forward subsequently deleted the post and photo of himself at a protest against Israel at Westminster. Mido had been in the capital to see a specialist for an ongoing back injury, his second major injury this season.

Now the 29-year-old could be offered a deal to leave by mutual consent, providing a compensation package is agreed.

Barnsley director Don Rowing said: “Mido has been disciplined for his tweet and he’s accepted his punishment. He accepted that what he did was very irresponsible and he’s been fined. We’ve dealt with matters internally. He accepted he’d been foolish and shouldn’t have said what he said.”

Patience with the player has worn so thin that The Star understands Mido has not trained with the first team squad in weeks, instead he’s had to train with the club’s Under-18 squad. Mido is a high earner at Oakwell with only club stalwart Bobby Hassell in a higher pay bracket.

Barnsley cannot offload the player before the January transfer window.

Mido played in pre-season but didn’t travel to Marbella for pre-season training camp. Instead he spent a week in Rossendale with a specialist trainer to improve his fitness. But a hamstring injury prevented him starting the season and, when he eventually returned, he featured just 27 minutes as a second half substitute in the club’s home fixture with Huddersfield.

Reds boss Keith Hill has not selected the striker since then with a back problem having meant he wasn’t fit to play.

Hill is operating on a strict budget at Oakwell - probably the lowest in the Championship - so the time may have now come to offload Mido who should have been a success there given his vast Premier League experience.