Barnsley striker fit for Cup test against Burnley

Barnsley v Portsmouth..Kieffer Moore fires in a shot.Picture by Simon Hulme
Barnsley v Portsmouth..Kieffer Moore fires in a shot.Picture by Simon Hulme

Kieffer Moore is available for Saturday’s FA Cup trip to Premier League strugglers Burnley as Barnsley begin life without Brad Potts.   

Striker Moore, who has netted 13 goals this season, has missed the last three games though injury.

The Reds have not struggled in Moore’s absence, taking seven points from showdowns with League One promotion rivals Peterborough, Charlton and Luton.

But Moore will provide head coach Daniel Stendel with a welcome boost as the Tykes head to Turf Moor looking to cause a major upset.

“He is fine, he is back in training. He can play,” assistant head coach Andreas Winkler said.   

“After weeks with midweek games, Christmas, Boxing Day, we are very happy that we have him back. We have no injuries, we are very lucky.”

Potts, meanwhile, has opted to leave Oakwell in order to jump up to the Championship with Preston. 

The club announced the departure of the midfielder, who netted 11 goals in 67 appearances for the Reds, on Thursday evening. 

They will be without the services of Potts for the first time in Lancashire when they aim to continue their impressive festive-period form, which saw them build a five-match unbeaten run.

Stendel’s side also drew with leaders Portsmouth and beat Blackpool, leaving them six points off the automatic-promotion places with a game in hand.

The FA Cup provides the Reds with a chance to take a break from their promotion drive and test themselves against the big boys.

And Winkler is confident his side will be able to handle the occasion.

“The pressure is on Burnley, especially as they play at home,” said Winkler, who watched the Clarets’ win at Huddersfield on Wednesday night with Stendel.

“We have a young squad but I think we will be competitive for them. We will have a lot of confidence, not to be arrogant, and I’m sure we won't be nervous.

“It is not Liverpool, or Man U, but we have a lot of respect for Burnley. They are very organised with players of quality. But it is only 90 minutes.

“If you are in the third round, you want to go to the next round. We are looking forward to playing against a Premier League team. They have a strong side, but you never know.

“They have got really good centre-forwards. They are a very physical team, They did very well at Huddersfield.”