Barnsley manager Keith Hill says there is still a ‘lot of business’ to be done in the transfer window but is not panicking as he attempts to strengthen his injury-plagued squad.
Mido is expected to be out for between six and eight weeks after injuring his hamstring in the friendly at Doncaster on Saturday.
Another new signing, Toni Silva, twisted his knee in the same game and is expected to miss four weeks. Barnsley begin their season tomorrow with a trip to Rochdale in the Capital One Cup.
There are no new signings expected before then but Hill is hopeful of recruiting players before the first league game at home to Middlesbrough a week later. Mido’s injury has brought a striker near to the top of Hill’s transfer list but the manager says it will not be easy.
“Managers are playing cards very close to their chests as we get close to the start of the season,” Hill said.
“There are a lot of players who are out of contract but most of them are just sitting at home doing nothing and putting their footballing futures in the hands of their agents who are trying to get them a new club. I find that a bit weird.
“There are a few players I could have signed but I didn’t like the feel of them. I am reasonably happy with the squad I have at the moment. We are still a few players short but we will only recruit the right players. We have injury problems but there will be no hard luck stories or ‘feel sorry for Keith Hill’ stories. We just have to move on.”