Football - Dawson hopes for return

Barnsley midfielder Stephen Dawson is hoping to return to the squad for the home game with Brighton.

PA Sport

The Irishman has missed the last 10 matches due to an ankle ligament injury sustained at Ipswich in mid-January and is hoping to play some part as the Tykes return to league action.

Flitcroft, whose side were thrashed 5-0 at Manchester City in the FA Cup at the weekend, has no new injury or suspension problems but the manager could be tempted to make one or two changes as the Tykes bid to climb out of the relegation zone.

Midfielder Jacob Mellis, defender Rory Delap and winger Jim O'Brien are pushing for recalls, while defender Jim McNulty remains sidelined with an ankle injury.

Barnsley have taken only one point from their last three league games and slipped to the foot of the table at the weekend.

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