Barnsley will have to continue their promotion push without top scorer Kieffer Moore.
The striker suffered a head injury during the 4-1 victory over Gillingham earlier this month and, following consultation with medical professionals, will be unavailable for selection for the remainder of the campaign.
Speaking at a pre-match press conference this morning morning, Barnsley Assistant Coach Dale Tonge told reporters:: “Unfortunately we’ve had the news that Kieffer will be out for the rest of the season. We’re following medical advice from the top professionals that we’ve used, and we’ve been given the advice that Kieffer should be out for the rest of the season. First and foremost, the player’s welfare is the first thing that we think about.
“As you can imagine, he’s massively disappointed, but he’s been in and around the dressing room with the boys and giving support where needed. He’s a leader within the group, so still having him there and around has given the boys a lift and I think it will help with the togetherness moving forward.”
Speaking on the Oakwell Club’s website, head coach Daniel Stendel added: “We’re disappointed that Kieffer is out for a long time. He’s a good player, a good guy, a good professional and will be missed for us. We need to let Kieffer recover well and he has good professional people to help him. He has all the support he needs and our best wishes.
He went on: “This is now an important time in the season and everyone must stay together. The dressing room has lots of players who are ready to play, they can score goals, and all help the team. We know we have enough quality in there to achieve our goals and make our ambition happen. We need everyone to stay together in the stands too.”
The Oakwell Club has also reported that former midfielder Bobby Doyle has died at the age of 65.
A statement on the official website said: “Signed from Scottish junior football in December 1972, after a successful trial period, Dumbarton-born Doyle was a skilful and entertaining footballer, who became a real fans’ favourite at Oakwell.
“As well as winning the club’s Player of the Year award for the 1974/75 season, he was also voted into the PFA’s Fourth Division team of that campaign and was an automatic choice for most of his Barnsley career, making 160 appearances, scoring 16 goals.
“Our thoughts are with the friends and family of Bobby at this sad time.”