NICKY Cadden and Max Watters are in contention to play on Saturday despite injuries last weekend, while John McAtee and Liam Roberts are also closing in on a return.

Left wing-back Nicky Cadden limped off early in the 3-1 win on Saturday with a tight hamstring, then striker Watters hurt himself while scoring the third goal.

Head coach Neill Collins said neither had been training but both could be involved against Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

Collins said: “Max has shown real signs of progress.

“It’s possible he could be involved.

“Nicky is trending in the right direction as well.

“We will make late calls on them both.”

Cadden was replaced by Callum Styles, who can also play in midfield, while loanee Owen Dodgson was left out of the squad.

Collins said: “Nicky has obviously been very good.

“But Styles and Dodgson play that position and both will be wanting to play.

“In the short-term we should be fine.”

Striker McAtee, Barnsley’s second top-scorer this season with six goals in all competitions, hurt his knee while scoring at Blackpool last week – in a similar incident to the Watters goal.

Collins said: “McAtee is progressing but he’s not trained just yet.

“We need to see how things progress but hopefully we will have him back back in near future.

“He will play some part in the Christmas games.”

Liam Roberts has been back in training this week.

The goalkeeper has been out for more than two months with a finger injury.

Collins said: “We still have to assess him. It’s only been seven days so we need to make the decision if he is match ready. But to have him back training has been a big boost.”

Josh Benson, Matty Wolfe and Robbie Cundy are all still out.