Barnsley will check on Josh Scowen and Adam Armstrong before Reading clash

Barnsley will check on Josh Scowen and Adam Armstrong before Reading clash

Barnsley pair Josh Scowen and Adam Armstrong face late fitness tests before the home game against Reading.

Striker Armstrong, on loan from Newcastle, is struggling with a dead leg after making his first start for the Reds in their 4-0 midweek win at Wolves and midfielder Scowen has a groin strain.

Defender James Bree is edging closer to a return to action but is still out with a hamstring injury and winger Ryan Williams is working his way back from a long-term groin problem.

Head coach Paul Heckingbottom has no other new injury or suspension worries as his side chase a sixth win in seven Sky Bet Championship matches.

Joey van den Berg is unlikely to be involved for Reading after suffering an injury in the warm-up prior to the midweek draw against Birmingham.

The midfielder was replaced by George Evans at the last minute against the Blues after sustaining a hamstring injury, which seems certain to rule him out against the Tykes.

John Swift continued his comeback from a hamstring injury with his second successive appearance from the bench on Tuesday and the former Chelsea midfielder may be in the reckoning for a starting berth.

Yakou Meite remains unavailable as he recovers from an ankle ligament problem while Latvian striker Deniss Rakels is sidelined until the end of the month with an ankle injury.


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