Striker Sam Winnall is chomping at the bit to get back in the Barnsley first team.
But the club’s top striker admits a return for this Saturday’s away clash with MK Dons will be too soon.
Winnall has been sidelined with a frustrating hamstring injury since limping off against his former club, Scunthorpe on November 29.
However, after a few setbacks with his rehab, the nine-goal hitman is targeting a return for next weekend’s home clash with Port Vale.
“I’m not feeling too bad to be honest,” revealed Winnall, speaking to The Star.
“I’ve being doing a lot of strength work with Sedgy [club physiotherapist Craig Sedgwick] and I feel good.
“I want to come back stronger and get playing again because it has been frustrating at times.”
Reds’ boss Danny Wilson initially though Winnall would be out for a month, but if he does return against the Valiants next weekend, the striker will have been absent for double that length of time.
And that’s because problems with his rehab have meant the 24-year-old has struggled to spend any decent time on the training pitch.
“It [playing again] has been longer that I thought, but I’m nearly there,” admitted Winnall. “This weekend will be too soon for me, but hopefully I’ll be available for the Port Vale game. That’s a more realistic goal.”
And how the Reds need him, especially with Manchester City loan marksman Devante Cole – who scored seven goals in his time with the club – have return to his parent club after a successful loan spell.
“It’s a shame Devante has had to go back [to City], because he was playing well for us,” added Winnall.
“He scared defences with his pace and we’d formed a good partnership up front because I got injured.
“We’ve been a bit unlucky with injuries and suspensions this season, but there’s still a long way to go.
“We know we need to find consistency, but we need that continuity with the side to be able to do that.”
“And the injuries and suspensions haven’t helped unfortunately.
“I just want to get back playing and trying to help this football club climb up the table.”
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