Hills’ hopes for McNulty return

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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill is hoping the international break will give key players time to recover from injury.

Defender Jimmy McNulty has played just one game this season - and that was on the opening day when the Reds beat Hill’s former club, Rochdale, 4-3 in the Capital One Cup at Spotland.

Since then McNulty, who had the captain’s armband, has been sidelined with a troublesome hamstring injury.

But Hill is optimistic that McNulty will be vying for a return for the Reds next match, away to Charlton Athletic next Saturday.

“We’ve missed Jimmy for a long time, he’s missed ten [league] games,” Hill told The Star.

“Sometimes you can be over-cautious with an injury, but there’s always that fear of a repeat injury if he comes back too early.

“Jimmy will be joining back in training with us next week, so hopefully he’ll be in the reckoning for Charlton.”

Fellow centre-back Stephen Foster and the versatile defender/midfielder Martin Cranie are also sidelined.

But Hill is confident both players with be in contention for the club’s away trip to take on the Addicks at The Valley.

“Fozzie’s got a serious haematoma (bad bruising) unfortunately and Martin tweaked his calf in training on the Friday before the Leeds game,” revealed Hill. “But I’m pretty confident they’ll both be back for next weekend.”