Reds in Turmoil

Last updated : 16 February 2007 By Rob Miles (barnsley Boy)

Following on from yesterday's story that the Reds squad had been hit with a sickness and flu bug it has emerged that at least FOUR players will definitely miss tomorrow's game at Southampton.

Defenders Antony Kay and Adam Eckersley, midfielder Grant McCann and new Hungarian striker Peter Rajczi will all be missing at the game at St Mary's Stadium.

Kay was dropped for last weekends humbling by Colchester after his mistake gifted Cardiff a goal 2 weeks ago and amid rumours of a falling out with Simon Davey he would have probably been missing tomorrow anyway.

Eckersley's clanger gifted Colchester their opening goal after just 3 minutes last week and was under pressure of being dropped but the loss of McCann and Rajczi comes as a big blow.

McCann has been an influential figure in the centre or left of midfield often having to help clear up the mess created by Sam Togwell and Dwayne Mattis whilst Rajczi was starting to look promising after making his full debut last week.

The absence of McCann could be quickly remedied by new loan signing Ritchie Jones whilst Lewin Nyatanga may slot into the centre of defence.

The absences of Eckersleys and Rajczi could see Paul Heckingbottom come in for the cold and Rajczi's compatriot Istvan Ferenczi may get his starting chance.

Meanwhile young Reds striker Nathan Jarman has joined Conference North Worksop on loan for a month.

Jarman,19, has made 20 apperances for the Reds and is held in high regard.