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Barnsley v Blackburn preview

Barnsley welcome Stephen Foster back from suspension for Saturday's Championship clash with managerless Blackburn at Oakwell.

The 32-year-old served a one-match suspension in the 2-1 defeat to Birmingham after reaching five yellow cards for the season.

The Tykes were also without fellow defender Martin Cranie, who may miss out again as he struggles with an ankle knock.

Midfielder David Perkins came off in the second half against Blues, with the club since revealing he is struggling with a hamstring strain, and is rated as doubtful.

Striker Emile Sinclair is still hampered by a dead leg, although he should be among the replacements once more, while the game may come too soon for Akos Buzsaky (hamstring).

Reuben Noble-Lazarus (ankle) is almost certainly out while Jacob Mellis (dead leg) is not expected back until January.

Blackburn head to Barnsley without an official caretaker appointed as yet.

Henning Berg was dismissed on Thursday along with his coaching staff leaving no-one to handle first-team affairs.

Colin Hendry remains at the club but was demoted to reserve-team duties during Steve Kean's reign - and no announcement has been made as to who will take charge.

Full-back Markus Olsson is available once more after being struck down by illness but goalkeeper Paul Robinson's absence remains a mystery. He was again replaced by Jake Kean for the Boxing Day defeat at Middlesbrough.

Mauro Formica (foot) remains a doubt, while fellow winger Fabio Nunes and veteran striker Nuno Gomes (both hamstring) are sidelined.