Austin out for Tykes
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Barnsley defender Neil Austin will miss the rest of the club's push for promotion.
Barnsley defender Neil Austin will miss the rest of the club's push for promotion, while Richard Kell aims to be fit for pre-season.
Austin has been an integral member of the Tykes side this term, but has suffered a serious tear to his hamstring.
Tykes boss Andy Ritchie (pictured) confirmed the injury to Austin, who turned 23 on Wednesday, and does not expect the player to feature again this season.
"It is not good news at all for Neil," Ritchie told the club's official website.
"It is looking like a minimum of three weeks, maybe more, until he is back in training, although that all depends on how quickly recovers from the tear.
"He is a quick healer, but we are looking at being without him for the play-offs."
Meanwhile, Kell is targeting being fit for the start of the next campaign after struggling with injury since moving to Oakwell last summer.
Kell has made just four appearances for Barnsley and Ritchie outlined the plans for the midfielder, who fractured his leg while playing for Scunthorpe 12 months ago.
Ritchie added: "Richard had an operation yesterday to have a pin removed from his leg.
"He will spend the next month recovering, but there should be no further problems and he expects to be fit for pre-season."