JOSH Benson has had a ‘little setback’ in his recovery from injury with Neill Collins saying it is possible he could leave Barnsley this window but also that the midfielder could still play a part in the promotion push.

The 24-year-old midfielder has been out for more than two months since going off in the 3-0 loss at Derby County on November 11. He was expected back in full training this week but is still out.

Collins told the Chronicle: “It’s not ideal because obviously he’s a good player who we would like to have available.

“I feel so bad for him because he does everything right but doesn’t seem to get a break.”

Benson’s opportunities may be limited as Callum Styles has often been played ahead of him this season while Luca Connell, Herbie Kane and Adam Phillips are the current midfield three.

Could he leave in January?

Collins said: “You can imagine with players like that who have not played, there will be interest.

“If there was, we would sit down with Josh and, if it was good for the club and for him, we would consider it.

“But equally Josh has a part to play for us. He’s a good player who scored fantastic goals last season. He’s worked really hard and done good things this season but hasn’t quite had the opportunity.

“If Josh Benson is fit, I am more than happy to have him and I think he would get opportunities.”

Centre-back Robbie Cundy has not played all season with glute issues.

Collins said: “I can’t go into the injury details because it’s quite complex. I have not had him in training which is a shame because he has attributes that would help us. We just need to support him and get him right. It’s too early to say when he will be back. Things sometimes resolve themselves quickly but he has been out that long that there would be a big building-up period.”

Midfielder Matty Wolfe has been out for almost exactly a year since suffering a serious knee injury in an intra-squad game last January.

“He’s out on the grass, progressing, working hard and getting his fitness up but it’s hard to put a timeline on it when it’s such a serious injury.”