Mallik Wilks will miss Barnsley’s next match at home to Swansea City on October 19 after grappling with Preston North End’s Alan Browne during the Reds’ 5-1 loss on Saturday.

The winger received four yellow cards in his first six league games for the club then collected a fifth at Deepdale which triggered a one-game suspension to be served after the international break. He reacted to a tackle by Browne and both players were booked.

Wilks is the first Barnsley player to collect five yellow cards this season and the second to be suspended after Ben Williams served a three-match ban for a red card at Wigan Athletic last month. The Reds’ 26 yellow cards this season is the joint most in the Championship this season with local rivals Sheffield Wednesday who are the only side to have committed more fouls than Barnsley’s 162 in their 11 league games so far. 

While Wilks is suspended, Barnsley are hopeful of having most of their injured players back for the Swansea match which begins a three-game week with a Tuesday trip to West Bromwich Albion followed by a Yorkshire derby at Huddersfield Town.

Centre-back Bambo Diaby, who has been out since August with an ankle problem, could return to the side if his recovery goes well during the international break.

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Central midfielder Kenny Dougall, who has been out since March when he fractured his leg, has recovered from the injury and has played once for the under 23s and another behind-closed-doors game. He may feature again for the under 23s today at home to Birmingham City from 2pm.