Fresh injury concern for Barnsley’s Foster

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BARNSLEY defender Stephen Foster is anxiously awaiting the results of a medical scan to see if he has any chance of playing in Saturday’s away clash with Portsmouth.

Foster limped off with a muscular injury to his left leg after 56 minutes of Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with Ipswich Town at Oakwell.

It was the centre-back’s first outing in three matches having been sidelined with a nasty shin gash which required seven stitches.

And no wonder Reds boss Mark Robins is keen for the scan to go well with Foster and club skipper Jason Shackell having been an influential first-choice pairing in central defence this season.

“I could do with not losing him [Stephen], he’s done really well this season,” Robins told The Star.

“He couldn’t continue on Saturday and we’ve booked him in for a scan to see how serious the injury is.

“Hopefully his injury is not a bad one, it’s never good to lose any player through injury, especially Stephen because he’s only just come back to the side.”

The versatile Bobby Hassell and midfielder Nathan Doyle have both filled in at centre-back this season and done well for the club.

But although Robins is happy he has cover if either Foster or Shackell does get injured, he’s made no secret of his desire to sign another defender.

Left-backs Jay McEveley and Luke Potter are both still out after medial knee ligament operations, but it is in the central positions where the Reds need cover.

“I’ve been looking forward for a central defender for a long time, but unfortunately there’s been nobody available that I’ve wanted to bring in [to the club],” added Robins.

“I’ve been busy speaking to people, but it’s not been easy finding somebody. I know we’ve got cover with Bobby and Nathan, but a lot also depends on the rest of the squad being fit so it’s a situation I’m continuing to look at.”