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Worrying Barnsley incident does not ease any relegation fears

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Barnsley’s Nick Townsend is out for the rest of the season after breaking his finger in an altercation with Dimi Cavare.

The Barnsley goalkeeper has started in eight of the last ten matches, but first-choice goalkeeper Adam Davies regained his position in the last match against Bristol City.

Dimi Cavare has also had limited opportunities to impress with six appearances in the league this season, although he did manage to score a goal even though he is a right-back.

This is what Barnsley manager Jose Morais had to say about the incident to BBC Radio Sheffield: “It was a duel between two players that resulted in him breaking his finger.”

Morais was unwilling to classify what he specifically meant by duel, but it doesn’t sound good especially with the reporter stating that there were rumours circulating that the broken finger was caused by him punching Cavare.

The Verdict

It appears that the threat of relegation is starting to hurt squad morale at Barnsley rather than bringing them together through adversity which is worrying for their survival chances.

They have a big game against local rivals Sheffield United coming up and they have to aim for a positive result in this match, but this incident certainly won’t help them prepare for it.

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