Laight blow for Tykes
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Andy Ritchie has confirmed Ryan Laight has fallen foul of the mumps.Barnsley caretaker manager Andy Ritchie has confirmed Ryan Laight has fallen foul of the mumps.
The Oakwell outfit have been struck by the bug in recent weeks with Michael Chopra, Chris Shuker and Stefan Holt all contracting the virus.
Ritchie has stated Laight will be unavailable for the side's clash against Colchester, although he was not in line to feature anyway.
"Unfortunately Ryan Laight has gone down with mumps," explained Ritchie to the club's official website.
"Ryan has been around the squad in the last few weeks but he would not have been involved tomorrow anyway. He will stay away from Oakwell for the next few days."
Barnsley have been boosted by the return of Shuker, who has recovered sufficiently to play against The U's on Saturday.
"We have some better news about Chris Shuker," he continued.
"He has come in today feeling a lot better and he has trained today. The doctor has said that he is not contagious although he is still a little swollen.
"We will have to wait and see but Chris could be involved against Colchester United tomorrow."