Duo out as Reds aim to end Sky Blues away jinx

Barnsley FC
Barnsley FC

BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill will be without the injured Bobby Hassell and Nathan Doyle for tomorrow’s clash at Coventry City.

Defender Hassell remains sidelined with a knee injury and has not trained all week, while midfielder Doyle has picked up a calf strain and will also definitely miss the Championship outing.

And the match at the Ricoh Arena between the Reds and the Sky Blues could also be Norwich City loan midfielder Korey Smith’s last for the club.

Midfielder Smith is due to return to the Canaries after Saturday’s fixture, although Hill is trying to keep the 21-year-old for longer.

If a deal can be stuck with Norwich boss Paul Lambert, Smith could find himself staying at Oakwell until early April.

“The plan is to see if we can extend his deal, so we’ll have to see what happens,” Hill told The Star.

“I’ve spoken to Korey and he wants to stay, so hopefully I’ll be speaking to Paul Lambert soon to see if we can keep him for longer.

“Korey’s a good player, he’s got good energy and he’s done really well for us so far. I think we’ve got a good chance of retaining him, but it all depends on whether Paul wants to give him some games at Norwich.

“He’s been playing games for us and doing well, so hopefully that will continue.”

And, having made five changes for Tuesday night’s 3-1 home defeat to Birmingham, Hill is again expected to shuffle his pack and freshen up his squad.

“This is a must-not-lose game for us,” stressed Hill. “There’s must win games and there’s must not lose games - and this is the latter.”

The Sky Blues are second from bottom in the league and trail the Reds by 17 points having played the same number of games this term.