Barnsley boss Danny Wilson has a real injury headache ahead of this afternoon’s away clash with Walsall.
The Reds have been rocked by the news that Fulham loan winger Ryan Williams could be out for a while with a groin injury,
Australian Williams has returned to his parent club for treatment and it is feared he might have to have a hernia operation, meaning a prolonged spell on the sidelines.
And with defender Peter Ramage (tquad), Sam Winnall (hamstring), James Bailey (foot), Joe Dudgeon (hamstring) and Devante Cole (flu) all struggling with respective problems, Wilson knows he will have to shuffle his pack.
Nine-goal striker Winnall is definitely out, for about a month, while Crystal Palace loan centre-back Ramage is unlikely to feature.
Manchester City loan marksman Cole has trained this week with the Reds’ squad, but Wilson admits the player’s recent bout of illness means he’s not operation at 100 per cent yet.
“That’s football isn’t it,” reflected Wilson. “One minute you’ve got a full compliment and everything is going okay then, the next minute, you’re struggling when you’re hit with injuries.
“But you’ve just got to get on with it. What we always say is that is gives somebody else the opportunity to stake a claim for a place in the team.”
“Everybody wants games and, you’d like to think, that with more game time you’ll become more accustomed and sharper,” Wilson added.
“It’s like everything though, football, you’ve got to grasp the moment because time doesn’t stand still.
“The players that haven’t played much will have to grab the bull by the horns and just get on with it.
“All you can do is take one game at a time. We’re not even looking at the Chetster game next week or any of the Christmas fixtures yet.
“But we are hoping that we can get one or two players back in the next couple of weeks. That’s the main objective.
“However, for now it’s important we get the best out of the boys that do come in to cover the injuries.
“If they play well they will keep the shirt. That’s the challenge for them.”