BARNSLEY boss Mark Robins is sweating on the fitness of centre back Paul McShane and forward Danny Haynes ahead of Saturday’s home clash with Reading.
McShane is struggling with a hamstring strain he picked up in Sunday’s draw at Cardiff City, while Haynes suffered a similar fate.
But the good news is that Jason Shackell will be fine for the visit of the Royals having also tweaked his hamstring during the match.
“Jason’s going to be ok, but we’ve got to wait and see about Paul and Danny,” Robins said. “We’ll have to see how they get and check their progress at the end of the week.” If Haynes doesn’t make the weekend then Robins has the perfect replacement in Andy Gray. But if McShane doesn’t recover the Reds will be short in defence.
Centre-back Stephen Foster remains sidelined with a hip injury and won’t be available until after the international break. And versatile defender Bobby Hassell, who has filled at centre-back this season, is only just back running after a calf injury. Luke Potter is out for the season after a medial ligament operation, so the Reds’ defensive options are limited, although midfielders Nathan Doyle and Diego Arismendi could be used at centre-back if needed.
“Reading are a big, powerful side, we’ve got to be ready” added Robins. “They get the ball wide and into the box, so we’re aware of their threats. But there’s a good spirit in the camp right now. There are demands on each and every one of them - they know what’s expected of them.”