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Hill bemoans Tyke's defensive crisis

18 October 2012

Barnsley manager Keith Hill has cursed the latest series of injury setbacks which have left him short of defenders for the weekend trip to Charlton.

Hill had been hoping central defenders Jim McNulty (hamstring), Stephen Foster (back) and Martin Cranie (rib) would all be back in training during the international break, but that has not been the case and his problem has been compounded by earlier decisions to send fellow defenders Lee Collins (Shrewsbury) and Rob Edwards (Fleetwood) out on loan.

When asked about his injured defenders' progress, Hill said: "They're rested up yes, but we're not really making an impact on the players I want back out on the training pitch.

"I keep getting these false dawns with respect to injured players returning and they haven't been, which is quite frustrating because we make decisions about loaning players out with respect to the possibility of getting players back, but it's not materialised again.

"Jim McNulty, I was led to believe he could be training with us last Monday, Martin Cranie, Stephen Foster and again we're looking quite thin in that area, whereas two weeks ago we were looking very strong.

"Jim McNulty was supposed to be a two-week injury, which has turned into a 10-game injury, so that's really frustrating because we made him the team captain. To have all those three out at the same time is a big blow as they're key to what we want to do here."

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