Barnsley v Nottm Forest preview

Team news ahead of Saturday's Championship clash between Barnsley and Nottingham Forest at Oakwell.

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Barnsley manager Keith Hill will select his starting line-up from an unchanged squad.

Hill has no new injury or suspension worries, but will again be without winger Jim O'Brien, struggling with a recurrence of a long-term groin injury, midfielder David Perkins (hamstring) and defender Bobby Hassell (knee).

Korey Smith, on loan from Norwich, will continue in midfield after both clubs agreed to extend his stay at Oakwell this week, and teenager Paul Digby is hoping to be involved again.

The 17-year-old midfielder made his first-team debut in the recent home defeat to Birmingham and travelled with the squad to Coventry last week, but did not make the substitutes' bench.

January transfer window signing Stephen Dawson made his debut at Coventry following an ankle injury and Hill must decide whether to start again with the former Leyton Orient skipper, with midfield pair Matt Done and David Cotterill offering Hill alternative options.

Danny Higginbotham is an injury concern for Nottingham Forest.

The experienced defender, who is on loan from Stoke, limped out of the Reds' 2-1 victory at Birmingham last weekend with a hamstring problem.

The club have not revealed the severity of the injury but the 33-year-old must be regarded as a doubt for the game in south Yorkshire.

Manager Steve Cotterill will hope that goalkeeper Lee Camp (Northern Ireland), defender Chris Gunter (Wales), midfielder Adlene Guedioura (Algeria) and striker Dexter Blackstock (Antigua and Barbuda) return unscathed from international duty.

Defender Brendan Moloney (thigh), midfielder Radoslaw Majewski and forwards David McGoldrick, Ishmael Miller (hamstring), Marlon Harewood (hamstring) and Matt Derbyshire remain unavailable.

Forest head to Oakwell chasing three successive league wins for the first time since April last year.

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