Barnsley injury update: Aidy White remains out for Forest clash

Paul Heckingbottom manager of Barnsley

Tykes boss Paul Heckingbottom has been speaking about the fitness of his squad ahead of Friday night's match.

Barnsley's Aidan White, Adam Hammill, Adam Davies, Jak McCourt and Ivan Toney celebrate with the trophy after winning the Sky Bet Football League One Play-Off FinalBarnsley's Aidan White (L) celebrates with teammates

Speaking to the club's official website, Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom has confirmed that midfielder Aidy White remains a few weeks away from making his comeback from injury.

The news was otherwise good for Tykes supporters, with no fresh injury concerns for the boss to contend with ahead of the televised clash with Nottingham Forest.

“Aidy is running, it’s just a case of whatever he can do, he’s doing as much as possible of that," Heckingbottom said.

"He’s desperate to be back in training but we have to be sure he doesn’t break down because then we will be back to square one."

“There are no fresh injury concerns so we have decent numbers," he added.

Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom celebrates at the end of the matchBarnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom celebrates at the end of the match

White has not played since September's defeat to Reading, and the Tykes have won just once during the former Leeds man's absence. Stefan Payne is another who is set to be eased back into contention in the coming weeks.

Barnsley go into the weekend off the back of three consecutive draws, two of which has been goalless.

Their recent indifferent run has halted their momentum and seen them drop to the bottom half of the Championship table. The Tykes started the season in fine form as they continued where they left off last season, but Heckingbottom now faces a challenging test to get them back up the table.

Hull City's Mohamed Diame in action with Barnsley's Marc RobertsHull City's Mohamed Diame in action with Barnsley's Marc Roberts

The hosts will be wary of the threat provided by Nottingham Forest and, more specifically, striker Britt Assombalonga, but defender Marc Roberts has insisted to the club's website that he is not fazed by illustrious opponents.

The visiting striker is doubtful ahead of the clash, but if he plays he will be looking to add to the three goals he has managed in his last two games. The forward netted both goals in Forest's win at Ipswich last time out and has the ability to cause the hosts' defence problems.

“I’m always confident” Roberts said. “You have to be. I’m not bothered who I’m up against, I back myself no matter the opponent."

A win for Barnsley will see them leap up to ninth ahead of Saturday's fixtures, which would leave Tykes fans looking upwards again rather than over their shoulders.

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