Barnsley V Leicester at Oakwell Stadium : Match Preview

31 March 2013 12:31
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O'Grady set for return

Barnsley striker Chris O'Grady is expected to return to the starting line-up against Leicester at Oakwell.

O'Grady, on loan from Sheffield Wednesday, was unable to play against his parent club in Saturday's defeat at Hillsborough.

Marlon Harewood and Chris Dagnall started up front for the Tykes on Saturday and manager David Flitcroft could be tempted to recall O'Grady.

Winger Jim O'Brien shook off an ankle injury in time to start against the Owls, but lasted only 56 minutes before being replaced by Reuben Noble-Lazarus and could be doubtful.

Midfielder Stephen Dawson is pushing for his first appearance since damaging ankle ligaments in January. He has been an unused substitute in the Tykes' last three matches.

But Flitcroft will still be without defenders Rory Delap (calf), Jim McNulty (ankle) and Scott Golbourne (knee) as his side look to bounce back out of the bottom three.

Wes Morgan will miss Leicester's crucial clash after receiving a straight red card after only two minutes against Millwall on Friday night.

Zak Whitbread is likely to come into the team at centre-half for his first start since Boxing Day.

Leicester held on until the 87th minute against Millwall before conceding the game's only goal. With Monday's match at Oakwell coming so soon after playing so long with 10 men, manager Nigel Pearson is likely to make changes against the Tykes.

Pearson has options in midfield and attack with the likes of Andy King, Lloyd Dyer, Richie Wellens, Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane available.

The Foxes' promotion challenge has hit the buffers recently after only one win in the last 10 npower Championship matches, a run which has included six defeats.

Source: PA

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