José Morais has confirmed that Matt Mills will miss the visit of Bristol City on Good Friday through injury.
The 31-year-old centre back hasn’t featured for the Reds since 20 February, but the Barnsley Head Coach is pleased with the progress that he is making with his recovery.
“We still have Matt Mills injured and there are others with some small things, but we hope they will be OK for the next game,” said Morais.
"Matt has had a recurrence of his injury; it takes normally longer. But he is making an effort for his comeback and hopefully it will be as soon as possible.”
Barnsley have four players returning from international duty ahead of the clash with the Robins.
Tom Bradshaw and Ryan Hedges were both in China with Wales, Stevie Mallan played an hour of Scotland under 21s 1-1 draw away to Andorra and Oli McBurnie made his Scotland debut as Alex McLeish’s side lost 1-0 to Costa Rica at Hampden Park.
The Reds’ forward, on loan from Swansea City, also featured from the bench as the Tartan Army beat Hungary 1-0 in Budapest, and Morais is confident that the 21-year-old will be raring to go at Oakwell on Friday.
“I’m happy that he played ten minutes on Tuesday because it keeps him motivated and in the right condition for him to play on Friday without him being extraordinarily tired,” continued Morais.
The Portuguese also confirmed that Joe Williams is back in training and could be in contention to face Bristol City after missing the Millwall game through injury.