BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill will be without Nathan Doyle for tomorrow’s clash at in-form Ipswich Town.
Former Hull City and Derby County midfielder Doyle starts a three-match ban having been sent-off in the Reds’ 1-0 home win against Peterborough United last weekend. It was Doyle’s first red card of his professional playing career.
“Nathan’s got to serve the mandatory three-game suspension, so we’ll just have to get on without him,” Hill told The Star.
“It’s a shame because he’s come back into the side and played exceptionally well. He’s been holding up possession well for us.”
And on the injury-front, although some players are making good progress in their respective bids to return to the first team fold, Hill will have no one back in time for this weekend’s showdown.
Midfielder David Perkins, defenders Bobby Hassell and Rob Edwards, goalkeeper Luke Steele and winger Jim O’Brien all remained sidelined with injury. Scot O’Brien revealed earlier this week that he would be “disappointed” if he didn’t at least make the subs’ bench, but Hill said: “It’s highly unlikely Jim’s going to play any part, he’s only trained for a few days. We’re not going to have anyone back for this weekend, but Rob Edwards is at the first real stage of joining in and Perkins is making progress.
“Bobby’s progress has been slow and Luke is likely to be out for another two to three weeks, at the moment we’re just evaluating him on a week-to-week basis. With Luke it’s a case of seeing how his abdomen injury settles down, but we’ve got cover with David Button.”
And Hill revealed he might extend Tottenham loan keeper Button’s deal if needed and his parent club were to agree, but all depending on how quickly Steele recovers. “We’ll have to wait and see what happens, we’ll stay in contact with Tottenham.”
Hosts Ipswich are two places above the Reds in the table having lost just one of their last seven games.
Paul Jewell’s side have not lost at home in their last matches, their last home defeat at the start of January. “It’s important we go Ipswich and give a good reflection of ourselves,” added Hill. “Ipswich have been playing well and they had a good 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough in the week.
“We want the fans to be optimistic for the future. We’ve also got to applaud the players because they’ve had to adapt because of all of our injuries and the loss of key players.”