Two titanic games coming up for the Tykes

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With the International break over, normality returns and sees the Tykes in action twice in four days.

Firstly they take on last season’s League One champions Norwich City tomorrow and then League One runners-up Leeds on Tuesday.

Despite the break, the Reds have injury problems with Luke Potter and Liam Dickinson both definitely ruled out and Hugo Colace a major doubt for the Tykes visit to Norwich.

Norwich, like Barnsley, currently have seven points and are unbeaten in the League since the opening game, which was a surprise 3-2 loss at home to Watford.

Since that result, the Canaries have recorded a 2-0 home win over Swansea City and a 1-0 away win at Scunthorpe United. Norwich’s last game before the break was a 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest.

There have only been 32 League meetings between the clubs and the Tykes record at Carrow Road is a poor one. The last occasion the Reds came away with a victory was in 1937 with a 1-0 win.

Obviously whilst Tykes boss Mark Robins would love for a repeat of that result, the reality is that he would surely be happy with a point from the fixture tomorrow, even more so if it was achieved with a clean sheet.

The Barnsley manager is no stranger to the Norfolk club having moved there from Old Trafford for £800,000.

His spell at Carrow Road was not a long one but Mark Robins was part of the Norwich side that qualified for the UEFA Cup at the end of the 1992–93 season, when the Canaries finished third in the Premier League.

Unfortunately in 1993-94 he suffered a serious injury, which lead to a move to Leicester City. In 68 games, the Tykes boss scored an impressive 20 goals.

Also in the Reds squad with a Canaries connection is defender Jason Shackell. He came through the youth system and played in the Premier League during his 119 games in the yellow and green of Norwich.

The Reds had got a little run going before the break and it is important that this momentum is maintained with a good result at Norwich. History is not on the side of the Tykes, but let’s hope that Saturday sees all that change.

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