Barnsley: Reds hope O’Grady will win fitness battle

Barnsley's Chris O'Grady could feature against Yeovil.
Barnsley's Chris O'Grady could feature against Yeovil.
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Reds caretaker boss Micky Mellon has revealed leading scorer Chris O’Grady will face a late fitness test to see if he will play any part in today’s home clash fellow strugglers Yeovil Town.

Former Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United striker O’Grady has missed the Reds last four matches due to a troublesome calf injury.

But the 27-year-old trained this week at Oakwell and will be given every opportunity to feature in some capacity this weekend against the Glovers.

“We won’t be taking any risks with Chris though because we don’t want to lose him for any longer than we need too,” admitted Mellon.

“But we’ll give himself every opportunity to be involved, although we won’t be silly about it.”

Lewin Nyatanga is now fully fit having recovered from a knee injury, but keeper Luke Steele remains sidelined with what Mellon described as an “unpredictable” back complaint.

Young striker Danny Rose is still missing with an ankle injury, but Norwich City loan midfielder David Fox is available having recovered from the Mumps virus.

And Mellon, who will take charge of his third game since David Flitcroft was sacked, has stressed the need for him and his players to focus on getting results instead of rumours who might be the club’s new manager.

“The important thing for the football club is that it wins games – and that’s what it’s got to concentrate on at the minute,” added Mellon.

“But of course there’s a decision along the line which must be made [by the club]. However, the important thing is that it’s the right decision for the football club.

“I’m very calm about it because I’m enjoying the role that I’m employed to do.

“I’ve been a manager before [at Fleetwood Town] so I couldn’t care less to be perfectly honest [what’s going regarded the appointment of a new manager]. I’m just getting on with the job.”