BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill has not “closed the door” on defender Jay McEveley’s future at Oakwell.
Defender McEveley, aged 26, was made available for loan this week with Hill happy with his options at left-back and in central defence. It’s-probable that a few clubs will come knocking for McEveley’s services, with international, Premier League and Championship experience under his belt.
It was only last season that the former Blackburn Rovers and Derby County defender was drafted into the Scotland side as cover for the national team following a string on injuries. “I’ve got a good working relationship with Jay and he understands the situation” Hill told The Star.
“This is nothing personal, but we’re happy we’ve got enough cover at left-back. He’s still a very active player in our squad. We’ve decided to go with Jim McNulty in that position and he’s come in and done really well. I’m honest with all the players and Jay knows the door’s not been shut; he’s got a chance to potentially go out and get some regular football somewhere else. I’m sure that would do him good.
“Bobby Hassell can play at left-back and so can David Perkins, plus I need to have a look at Luke Potter when he comes back from injury.
“I’ve not had a chance to look at Luke yet but he should be training with us tomorrow. It’s about management with him after his medial ligament operation.
“We’ve just got to be careful there’s no re-occurrence of the injury or he could be out for a long time again.”
Hill has been without key players after a string of injuries to his squad, but has revealed that both Ricardo Vaz Te and Nathan Doyle will both be available for Saturday’s home clash with Watford.
Doyle was an unused substitute in the weekend’s impressive 1-1 home draw with Leicester City, but will benefit from another week of training and rest before the visit of the Hornets, while Portuguese striker Vaz Te only just missed out on being named in Hill’s final 16-man squad.
However, Hill revealed Craig Davies’ injury is a “cause for concern”. The former Chesterfield marksman is due to have a scan this week to determine the extent of his continuing groin injury.
“Craig’s having another scan to see what the problem is, he just wasn’t fit for Saturday,” added Hill. “It’s a bit of concern, but fingers crossed we get to the bottom of the problem and get him fit.”
Midfielder Miles Addison (groin) is due to return to training tomorrow, but skipper Rob Edwards and winger Matt Done - both hamstrings - are both facing a race against time to be fit for the weekend.