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19 September 2018

DAMIEN McCrory may shake off a tight hamstring to play against Barnsley on Saturday but Jake Buxton and John Brayford will still miss out.

McCrory returned to the starting line-up against Sunderland but was forced off in the dying minutes in what looked like a recurrence of the injury.

Brewers manager Nigel Clough said: “Damien’s hamstring was very tight after the game and he’s done limited training this week. We hope he will be available for Saturday but there are no guarantees.

“It’s good in some ways that his hamstring hasn’t gone again as then you are looking at another three or five weeks. When you feel it to that degree you come off and don’t risk further injury.

“Jake is still struggling with his back and will probably be a doubt for Saturday. We don’t want to risk him too early as the one we really want him to be in contention for is Burnley when Kyle McFadzean is suspended. We don’t want Jake to do something that sets him back two or three weeks.

“John has got back on the training pitch this week for his first session, but he’s unlikely to be available for Saturday after being out for a good few weeks.”

Dimitar Evtimov made his Brewers debut against Sunderland after injuries to both Stephen Bywater and Brad Collins forced Clough to bring in another keeper.

Clough said: “Stephen Bywater and Brad Collins are both coming on as per their schedules. Brad is down at Chelsea receiving treatment for his thigh strain. Stephen can’t dive with a shoulder injury but is doing gym work. He might be a bit longer than Brad.”

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