Date: 19th January 2018 at 1:08am
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Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom has said he’s expecting a very tough game when we head to Villa Park to face Aston Villa this weekend.

With the games continuing to come thick and fast, but not quite as ridiculous as the festive schedule, Heckingbottom told the Official Site that the current state of play with injuries meant we would travel for the game with some players missing and would have a more youthful feel.

‘Lloyd Isgrove got a dead leg. The bruising came out straight away though, so hopefully he’ll be okay. We’ve done lots of tests with Angus MacDonald and it shows that he’s got a big iron deficiency and so that’s really impacted on his ability to train properly and carry oxygen around your body. He’s booked in next week to see someone about it and so we hope we can get to the bottom of that.’

Heckingbottom went on to say.

‘Zeki Fryers isn’t ready, he’s not running yet so we’re not sure when he’ll be available but it certainly won’t be this weekend. But Ryan Hedges is back in and he’ll be in full training next week. We’ve a lot of young lads with us for this game, from the academy and that’s just where we’re at right now. But it’s an opportunity for others as always, it’s a chance and what a game for that to happen.’

With Steve Bruce’s side sitting in fourth place in the Championship table after a reasonably steady first half of the campaign, Heckingbottom knew we would be up for a tough tie as they showed what they were capable of at Oakwell earlier in the season when they took a three nil victory.

Despite the scoreline, he did however feel we could take positives from the overall performance.

‘In terms of scoreline they did us over here, but not in terms of performance. But that is the difference. We had similar against Derby here. And that’s why those two are right up there at the top. They have quality throughout their squad, they’re a really strong side without the ball and it doesn’t matter how they’re playing they’ve got goals in them. So we’re well aware that it’s going to be tough.’