Things aren’t looking particularly promising for Barnsley at the moment, with the club stuck in the Championship relegation furrow, five points adrift and with games steadily running out.
Just to pile it on, the Tykes are heading into a Yorkshire derby against Sheffield United this weekend and will have to do so without goalkeeper Nick Townsend after the 23-year-old suffered an injury during a recent training session.
Townsend had started eight of Barnsley’s last 10 matches but is now likely to miss the last seven matches of the season after breaking a finger.
However, it would appear that he has nobody to blame but himself, with head coach Jose Morais confirming to BBC Radio Sheffield that Townsend hurt himself after getting embroiled in a punch-up with teammate Dimitri Cavare.
It was a duel between two players that resulted in him breaking his finger.
I’m not frustrated. If I could give a pair of gloves to both of them and say ‘start to fight’, they have a fair fight, and it would result in a better shape for the team and a better atmosphere, then I would say the result is good.
Spoken like a man who is truly already resigned to his fate.