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Alex Mowatt is set to miss Barnsley’s Carabao Cup first round clash with Carlisle United due to injury, as per the Yorkshire Post.

The 24-year-old was forced off during the Tykes’ 2-0 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday after suffering a knock at Hillsborough.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Post about the extent of Mowatt’s injury, Barnsley assistant head coach Dale Tongue said: “He has got a scan today, so we will find out more this afternoon.

“It is more of a muscle strain than anything too sinister.

“It is a muscle strain in his side.”

With Mowatt unavailable for selection, midfielder Callum Styles could make his full-debut for the Tykes after replacing his fellow midfielder at the weekend.

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Transfer deadline day signings Clarke Oduor and Patrick Schmidt may also feature at Oakwell against Carlisle after being left out of Stendel’s match-day squad for the club’s Yorkshire derby defeat to the Owls.

Barnsley will be aiming to avoid defeat in the opening round of the Carabao Cup after being knocked out at the same stage last season by Blackpool.

The Verdict

Whereas it is not yet known just how long Mowatt will be out for, Barnsley fans will have every right to be concerned about his injury given the midfielder’s escapades last season.

Outstanding throughout the year for the Tykes, the former Leeds United man set League One alight with his performances, ending the 2018/19 campaign with eight goals to his name as well as seven assists.

Although he has yet to record a goal contribution this season for Daniel Stendel’s side, Mowatt’s influence in the heart of midfield played a major role in helping Barnsley secure an impressive victory over Fulham earlier this month.

If Mowatt’s injury turns out to be severe, the Tykes may have to lean on the likes of Cameron McGeehan and Mike Bahre to provide inspiration during the midfielder’s absence.

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