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O'Brien back for Barnsley

Barnsley midfielder Jim O'Brien is expected to return for Barnsley against Nottingham Forrest after missing last week's 5-0 defeat at Huddersfield through illness.

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Norwegian striker Marcus Pedersen misses out after sustaining a knock on international duty, while Paddy McCourt (Northern Ireland) and Brek Shea (United States) are expected to return unscathed.

Tomasz Cywka hopes to return to the squad after missing out last week, while fellow midfielder Martin Woods and defender Jean-Yves Mvoto are pushing for recalls.

Barnsley football club apologise for 'heated exchanges' between players and fans

Barnsley football club have issued an apology after heated exchanges between their players and fans following their 5-0 defeat against Huddersfield at the weekend.

An investigation was launched after midfielder Stephen Dawson and winger Brek Shea responded to a section of angry fans at the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday.

Barnsley fell to the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship table after suffering their biggest defeat of the season and Dawson became embroiled in a row with a fan while Shea is alleged to have made an offensive hand gesture.

A statement by the club said: " As a club, we do not condone any provocative actions from any of its employees and would like to further apologise for any offence caused.

Stephen Dawson has apologised unreservedly for his actions and will be making a substantial donation to Barnsley Hospice by way of an apology.

In relation to an alleged incident concerning Brek Shea the matter is currently under investigation and a further statement will be made upon Brek's return from international duty.

Barnsley Football Club would like to apologise unreservedly for any offence caused and assure supporters such actions will not be repeated."

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Barnsley deny takeover rumours

Barnsley have moved to quash speculation about a rumoured takeover at the club.

Barnsley FC say takeover rumours are unfounded

In a statement on their website, the club say "unsolicited approaches" to owner, Patrick Clyne, causing the speculation.

The club say no offers are being considered at the moment.

Trio in line for Barnsley home debuts

Barnsley's new signings Liam Lawrence and Ryan McLaughlin could make their first appearances for the club while Brek Shea is poised for his home debut.

USA international, Brek Shea could make his home debut Credit: Press Association

Boss Danny Wilson will be without defender Bobby Hassell (calf), midfielder Kelvin Etuhu (hamstring) and striker Marcus Pedersen (thigh). Winger Jim O'Brien has a groin problem, but is expecting to be included in the squad.

Wilson is still chasing his first win since returning to the club last month, with the Tykes without a win in their last six league games.

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Barnsley loan Liverpool defender

Barnsley have announced the signing of promising Liverpool Academy full back Ryan McLaughlin on a one month loan.

Danny Wilson's side are bottom of the Championship, five points adrift of safety.

McLaughlin has been with the Reds since 2011, featuring on their 2013 pre-season US tour and has represented Northern Ireland at youth level.

Mandaric looks for "winning attitude"

Mandaric (pictured) is searching for a replacement for sacked Dave Jones Credit: Press Association

Sheffield Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric believes only someone with a "winning attitude" can help propel the Owls to safety this season.

After looking at a return of one win from 16 Sky Bet Championship matches, Mandaric claims he had "to do what is best for the club" by sacking Dave Jones on Sunday.

Coach Stuart Gray has been placed in caretaker charge for Tuesday's clash with table-topping Leicester at Hillsborough.

Although former England Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce has been linked with the vacancy, Mandaric claims there is no obvious candidate.

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