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Barnsley v Fulham - Squad News

last updated Saturday 10th February 2001, 9:09 AM
Fulham welcome back player-coach John Collins, who came through a midweek reserve game unscathed.

The former Scottish international has been out for three months with a hamstring problem, making a brief, unsuccessful, return to action at West Brom 12 matches ago.

Striker Barry Hayles has also been cleared to play after missing the last six games with an ankle injury. That gives manager Jean Tigana a selection headache up front with Louis Saha, Luis Boa Morte, Karl-Heinz Riedle and Peter Moller all available as well.

Jean Tigana will be without Rufus Brevett, who is suspended, as his side look for a fifth away win in six games. Nicolas Sahnoun may deputise.

The Barnsley squad is full of confidence following last weekend's draw at in form Blackburn Rovers and the team are looking forward to a crack at the league leaders.

Barnsley will again be without defender Chris Morgan when they attempt to avenge their 5-1 mauling at the hands of Fulham in September. Morgan sits out the second game of a three-match suspension and should again be replaced by youngster Carl Regan in the defence which kept a clean sheet to earn their first point in five matches at Blackburn last weekend.

That was the first point under new manager Nigel Spackman, who will include recent signing from the Cottagers, Steve Hayward, who is looking forward to tomorrow's home debut as such an occasion is always special for any player, especially so for Steve as it comes against his former club.

With no fresh injury worries manager Nigel Spackman may opt for the same eleven who started the match at Ewood Park. However, for virtually the first time since taking the helm he actually has a selection poser. Mitch Ward is now fit after his lay-off and came on as a substitute against Blackburn.

Ward is eager to prove his fitness from the start although he may again have to be content with a place on the bench. Brian O'Callaghan looks set to continue in the centre of defence and will be boosted by his call up yesterday to the Irish youth sqaud.
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