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Hill could loan in defenders as injuries are worse than expected

Friday 19th October 2012

Barnsley manager Keith Hill has been left frustrated with medical staff and is looking at loan signings after three of his injured players did not make the expected progress over the international break.


Hill said after the Leeds match two weeks ago that he expected defenders Jim McNulty, Martin Cranie and Stephen Foster to train this week and be in contention to play at Charlton tomorrow.


But none of the three have recovered fully from their injuries and only Foster has an outside chance of featuring in London.


“I was led to believe by the medical staff that all three would be back in training this week but that is not the case,” Hill told the Chronicle.


“I am not sure when we will have any of them back. It is a bit alarming when I have just sent two central defenders out on loan in Lee Collins and Rob Edwards because I was told we would have the other three back by now. I don’t really want to make loan signings but I might have to bring one or two in. But not before this weekend. “I was originally led to believe that Jim McNulty would be out for two weeks but it has turned out to be seven weeks and counting. I don’t want the same thing to happen to Martin Cranie. “I am not going to put a timeframe on Jim McNulty anymore. All I will say is I expect him back before Christmas.”