Barnsley: No Reds rush to risk Sam Winnall

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Barnsley boss Lee Johnson is likely to rest star striker Sam Winnall for the club’s penultimate game of the season tomorrow, away to Bradford City.

Twelve-goal hitman Winnall has missed much of this season with a troublesome hamstring injury.

And Johnson revealed he is loathe to risk the former Scunthorpe United marksman after he picked up a leg strain in training this week.

“We’ve got a couple of niggless. Sam Winnall is 50/50,” revealed Johnson.

“His injury isn’t that bad, it’s not a reoccurrence of his old [hamstring] injury thankfully, and you take guidance from the player at the end of the day.

“However, if it risks him being injured for three or four weeks, well then it’s not worth risking him.”

The Reds take on the Bantams gunning for their first win in nine matches, with Johnson hopeful his side can pick up six points from their last two fixtures.

Having beaten Bradford 3-1 at Oakwell earlier in the season, the Reds have the added incentive of doing a double over their hosts.

The Football Association have designated this weekend as the time to mark the 30th anniversary of the Bradford City Fire Disaster – and there will be an official minute’s silence at Valley Parade in recognition of the 56 people who died.

“It’s an emotional game for football,” reflected Johnson. “Hopefully there will be some compassion from both sets of fans.

“Bradford are a good side. They’re full of some strong, talented players. It will no doubt be a tough game.”