Barnsley are showing signs of life in their bid to survive in the Championship, as they close the gap on their relegation-threatened rivals.
The Tykes have won their last two matches against Fulham and Middlesbrough, and will be hoping they can make it three wins in a row when they take on Hull City at the KCOM Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Gerhard Struber has certainly made a positive impact at Oakwell so far, and will be hoping he can steer his side to safety in the second-tier at the earliest of opportunities.
But the Tykes boss hasn’t had it all his way in his time with the club, as a number of Barnsley players have been nursing various injury problems that have hampered his preparations heading into some games.
If they’re to stand a chance of retaining their status as a Championship club, then Struber will be hoping he can have his key players available for selection in the near future.
We provide an update on some of the players that have been struggling with injuries in recent weeks for Barnsley.
The Barnsley Chronicle’s Doug O’Kane has quoted Gerhard Struber in saying that Ritzmaier could be fit to start against Hull City on Wednesday evening.
Ritzmaier has made five appearances since signing for the club in the January transfer window, and he’ll be keen to play his part against the Tigers.
It’s a welcome selection dilemma for Struber to have as well, as competition for places in the centre of midfield is never a bad issue.
Gerhard Struber has recently confirmed in an interview with the Yorkshire Post that Styles is set for a spell in the treatment room after rupturing ligaments in his ankle earlier this season.
“He will be out for four to six weeks. He is not available right now but he is a big talent at the club.”
Styles has made nine appearances so far for the Barnsley first team, and will be hoping he can return to action at the earliest of opportunities so that he can play his part in their survival bid this term.
Radlinger hasn’t featured for Barnsley since their defeat to Charlton in February, and it seems as though he could be nearing a return to the side in the future.
He has made 18 appearances for the Tykes this term, and Gerhard Struber revealed in a pre-match press conference ahead of their game against Hull City, that Radlinger could return as early as next week.
Bradley Collins has been impressive in recent weeks though, so it isn’t a certainty that Radlinger will come straight back into the starting XI anytime soon.