Portsmouth v Barnsley preview

14 October 2011 11:03
Team news ahead of Saturday evening's Championship clash between Portsmouth and Brighton at Fratton Park (kick-off 5.20pm).[LNB] Luke Varney returns to the Portsmouth attack.[LNB]Varney has missed the last three matches, from which Pompey picked up just one point, through suspension after he was sent off against Hull last month.[LNB]Fellow striker Dave Kitson is close to fitness after missing the last five games with a rib injury and will be assessed ahead of kick-off.[LNB]Defender Aaron Mokoena is pushing to return to the starting line-up after a slight back problem.[LNB]Goalkeeper Stephen Henderson could keep his place after making his league debut in the 1-0 defeat at Leeds last time out.[LNB]Henderson, who joined from Bristol City over the summer, got the nod ahead of regular number one Jamie Ashdown.[LNB]Barnsley pair Craig Davies and Rob Edwards are back in contention following long-term injuries.[LNB]Davies, a summer signing from Chesterfield, has been sidelined since August due to a groin problem, while defender Edwards has been out since early September with a torn hamstring.[LNB]Manager Keith Hill, who has no new injury or suspension problems, is also confident skipper Bobby Hassell can shake off a knock sustained in the win over Coventry last time out.[LNB]But midfielder David Perkins is not likely to recover from a hamstring strain, while long-term absentees Matt Done and Danny Haynes (both hamstring) remain sidelined.[LNB]Midfielders Reuben Noble-Lazarus (ankle) and Goran Lovre (knee) are once again out, alongside defender Luke Potter (knee).[LNB]The Tykes are aiming to extend their unbeaten league run to eight matches.

Source: Team_Talk