Barnsley v Swansea preview

Team news for Saturday afternoon's Championship clash between Barnsley and Swansea at Oakwell.

Last Updated: 21/01/11 at 10:43

Foster: Banned against Swans

Foster: Banned against Swans

Barnsley central defenders Stephen Foster and Jason Shackell are both suspended for the vist of the Swans.

Foster was shown a straight red card for a professional foul in last week's defeat at Hull and starts a three-game ban, while Shackell received two yellow cards and sits out one match.

Tykes manager Mark Robins will have to shuffle his resources to fill the big gap at the back with fellow defenders Jay McEveley and Luke Potter both currently sidelined due to knee injuries.

Barnsley will be without winger Adam Hammill, who has signed a three-and-a-half year deal with Wolves after both clubs agreed an undisclosed fee this week, so Jim O'Brien is expected to return to the starting line-up.

The Tykes have lost three of their last five league games and have slipped to 16th place in the table.

Leon Britton is in contention to make his second debut for Swansea.

The popular midfielder returned to the Liberty Stadium on Thursday, signing a two-and-a-half year contract for an undisclosed fee, having failed to settle at Sheffield United after ending an eight-year spell in south Wales in the summer.

Manager Brendan Rodgers must now decide how to use Britton, with a wealth of midfield talent already at his disposal in Darren Pratley, Mark Gower, Joe Allen and Kemy Agustien.

Fellow midfielder Andrea Orlandi (thigh) has returned to training this week and could also feature in some capacity at Oakwell.

But left-back Neil Taylor (ankle) remains up to three weeks away from a first-team return although he should be back training again next week.

And with captain Garry Monk (knee) a long-term absentee, that means Rodgers is likely to stick with the same defensive quartet who kept a clean sheet against Crystal Palace last weekend - Alan Tate, Ashley Williams, Angel Rangel and Ashley Richards.

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Championship Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
Blackburn v Yeovil  
Bournemth v Sheff Wed  
Charlton v Bolton  
Huddersfld v Brighton  
Wigan v Reading  
17:15
Blackpool v Burnley  
19:30
Doncaster v Derby  
Saturday, 19 April 2014
12:15
Leicester v QPR  
15:00
Barnsley v Leeds  
Middlesbro' v Millwall  

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Leicester 42 35 90
2 Burnley 42 31 83
3 Derby 42 27 75
4 QPR 42 15 73
5 Wigan 41 14 67
6 Reading 42 13 64
7 Brighton 42 12 64
8 Ipswich 42 8 64
9 Bournemth 42 1 62
10 Blackburn 42 3 60
11 N Forest 42 4 59
12 Middlesbro' 42 10 58
13 Watford 41 16 57
14 Bolton 42 -2 54
15 Sheff Wed 42 0 50
16 Leeds 42 -9 50
17 Huddersfld 42 -9 46
18 Birmingham 41 -10 43
19 Doncaster 42 -26 43
20 Blackpool 42 -26 42
21 Charlton 41 -24 41
22 Millwall 42 -30 40
23 Barnsley 42 -28 39
24 Yeovil 42 -25 36

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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