Boro boss Garry Monk will hope keeper Darren Randolph and full-back Cyrus Christie have returned from international duty ready to carry on where they left off.The pair played their part in the Republic of Ireland’s 1-0 World Cup qualifier victory in Wales on Monday evening which secured their country a place in next month’s play-offs.
Monk has no fresh injury concerns, although Rudy Gestede continues to work his way back from surgery to address a thigh problem.
Monk has confirmed that Gestede is making good progress from a leg injury and may feature this month.
The Boro boss has been without the 29-year-old Benin international since the start of September when he suffered a dead leg injury in training which later required surgery.Monk previously offered no estimated comeback date for Gestede, but in his pre-match press conference ahead of Boro’s Championship trip to Barnsley, he revealed that he is ahead of schedule and could play before the end of October.
He said: “Rudy is the only player still out, but he’s doing really well.
“Timeframe wise, we’re probably looking more towards the end of the month. It might be into the start of next month, but we’ll see, it’s a daily process.
“He’s actually ahead of where we thought he might be, so it could even be before the end of the month. We’ll see.
“He’s moving forward with the medical guys here, and then once he’s back out onto the grass, it’ll be a much clearer process.
“There are tick boxes he needs to get to, but hopefully it won’t be long before he’s back into training and playing.”
The trip to Oakwell will see fellow frontman Ashley Fletcher return to the club which he left for West Ham in June 2016.Barnsley duo Andy Yiadom and Lloyd Isgrove are both back in contention for the home game.
Defender Yiadom has made only two appearances for Barnsley this season and has been sidelined since early August due to a back problem.
Winger Isgrove, yet to feature for Paul Heckingbottom’s side since returning to the club as a permanent signing in the summer, has been sidelined with foot and thigh injuries.
Midfielder Gary Gardner is still out due to the leg injury he sustained in early September.