Appleton: 'It will be a very difficult test'


Michael Appleton is anticipating a big challenge at Barnsley on Saturday.

The Tykes, who have beaten Wycombe Wanderers and Reading in their last two league outings, are just two points off the play-offs and have played fewer games than four of the current top six.

“It will be a very difficult test," explained Appleton. "They get the ball forward when they get the opportunity to because they’ve got two strikers who can deal with the ball and get hold of it in Devante Cole and Sam Cosgrove. They’ve got other strikers available to them if those two are not firing.

"They’ve got decent quality in the wing-back areas and we expect a team that are going to get in our face, get the ball into wide areas and get crosses into the box," he continued. "That’s something that we’ll need to deal with.”

The Head Coach confirmed he has no new injuries to contend with ahead of this weekend's trip to Oakwell and also provided an update on some of the Addicks' absentees.

“Fortunately there are no fresh injury concerns," he said. "I think it’s going to be a little bit too soon for the likes of Nessy [Lucas Ness] and Lloydy [Jones], so we’re pretty much as we were.

“It was good to see Terry Taylor outside this week doing some running, some jogging and some half-paced stuff," added Appleton. "Chuks [Aneke] was also out on the grass and has been for a week or so now. Pan [Camará] is getting there - he had a positive scan result on Tuesday. Timeframes don’t really change too much, but the good thing with that one is it’s not going to get set back.

"Harry Isted is doing little bits in term of handling, but there’s still quite a bit of the way to go. Apart from obviously Miles [Leaburn], between the middle of January and the end of January there’s the potential of three or four coming back.”

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