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Blackpool boss Ian Holloway will be reluctant to make changes when his side host Barnsley.

The Seasiders largely outplayed derby rivals Preston in Monday's 1-1 draw at Bloomfield Road.

Holloway has no new injury concerns but may be tempted to hand Aston Villa midfielder Barry Bannan an opportunity to shine.

Bannan - who has made two UEFA Cup starts for Villa - looked sharp on his debut as a late substitute against Preston.

The Scotland Under-21 international, 19, impressed during a loan spell at Derby last season and is rated highly by Holloway.

Striker Stephen McPhee (knee) and defender Danny Coid (hairline fracture of the tibia) remain unavailable but victory for Blackpool would cement their place in the play-off zone.

Barnsley manager Mark Robins must do without midfielder Nathan Doyle for the trip.

Doyle was booked for the fifth time this season in last weekend's abandoned game with Plymouth, and although the game was not completed, the booking stands and he serves a one-game ban.

Anderson de Silva, who was serving a similar suspension in the game, must sit out again in a bizarre interpretation of the rules.

With Robins bereft of bodies in the centre of midfield, Jacob Butterfield and Bobby Hassell are the most likely to deputise, with Emil Hallfredsson continuing to operate on the wing.

Darren Moore is hopeful of earning a recall at centre-half but Robins is set to keep faith with Stephen Foster and Ryan Shotton.

Striker Jon Macken (calf) is fit to be involved.

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