Michael Leary will be out until November at the earliest after a scan confirmed he sustained a medial collateral ligament injury.
He had to go off in the early stages of the 2-1 defeat to Brentford when he picked up injury against his former team-mates and now faces eight weeks on the sidelines.
It is yet another blow to a Barnet squad that week by week continues to get thinner, and Leary’s injury is particularly concerning since Neal Bishop is injured leaving Max Porter as the only natural recognised central midfielder ahead of the difficult home clash against Bradford on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Sagi Burton also picked up an achilles injury against Brentford, and he too had to go off, this time one minute into second-half. He is rated doubtful for this week-end, along with skipper Ismail Yakubu who continues to recover from a groin injury he picked up a fortnight ago. Yet another player doubtful is Ashley Carew, who had to be pulled out of last week’s squad at late notice, who will hoping he is fit to return from a medial ligament injury to the starting on Saturday afternoon.
Stevland Angus‘ red card means he will not be available for Barnet’s next game meaning there is a strong possibility that Joe O`Cearuill will be the only natural central defender – with the exeption of James Cole who most likely won’t be selected – for Bradford. The only good news in the defence is the return to the side of Joe Devera who comes back from suspension.
Bishop will serve his third game of a three-match suspension whilst Giuliano Grazioli is returning to full match fitness this week in training.