Barnsley continue to wait for the prognosis on the muscle injury to Alex Mowatt and are unsure if it is merely a short-term absence or a longer-term problem.
The Yorkshire Post reported that the Reds were still waiting on the results of scans that he underwent earlier this week to determine the expected length of his convalescence.
According to The Yorkshire Post, the midfielder is a doubt for Saturday’s game against Charlton and Barnsley assistant head coach Dale Tonge said: “At the minute, we are still waiting for the results. We have had a couple of scans on him, so it is just a case of what the secondary results show, whether it is short or long term.”
Mowatt played in all 46 of Barnsley’s league games last season, scoring eight goals and providing six assists as the Reds won promotion to the Championship.
Only Mamadou Thiam and Ethan Pinnock also featured in every League One game for Barnsley last term, with Mowatt’s 4,114 minutes for the campaign second only to Pinnock’s 4,140 [via Transfermarkt].
The 24-year-old was the team’s third-highest scorer last season after Kieffer Moore and Cauley Woodrow, while only Thiam provided more assists than Mowatt.
His performances saw him named in the League One Team of the Year for 2018/19, illustrating how vital a role he had been playing for Daniel Stendel’s side.
After going off injured against Sheffield Wednesday last week, he was then ruled out of Tuesday night’s 0-3 Carabao Cup defeat to Carlisle.
Although he may not have featured if fit anyway, with Stendel making seven changes to the team for that game from the loss at Hillsborough. Mowatt’s goalscoring prowess and creativity from midfield may have come in very useful for a Barnsley side who, according to BBC’s match report, could well have conceded more than three goals.
With the 24-year-old very likely to miss the match against Charlton, Stendel faces a dilemma over who will take his place in central midfield.
Callum Styles only made his first start for the club this week against Carlisle, while 21-year-old Jared Bird has not played so far this season and Kenny Dougall is still a long way from returning from a broken leg, according to The Yorkshire Post.
Although Mowatt hadn’t scored or assisted in his time on the pitch so far this season, his figures from 2018/19 show that he had a massive influence on the team.
With him joining Dougall on the injury list, Barnsley look very light for central midfield options and the lengthy injury to the Australia-born midfielder means that the Reds could certainly do with Mowatt returning to action soon, especially after the form he had shown in recent months.
So, Barnsley now face an anxious wait to find out the extent of his injury.
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