New father Robbie Cundy is not in contention for this weekend but could still play a part this season, says Barnsley boss Neill Collins.

With January signing Donovan Pines out for the season, Cundy is the biggest and most physically imposing centre-back at the club.

But he has missed the entire season with injuries until returning to training last month then suffering a setback. Head coach Collins told the Chronicle: “We’re hoping he’s back training soon and will be in contention before the end of the season.

“He’s just had a baby as well so there is a lot going on in his life.

“It’s really positive but I am sure he’s just desperate to play some football. We had pencilled him in to play at Stevenage. But he’s had a setback which we expected when he’s been out so long. We won’t put any pressure on him. If he’s available, we’ll take it as it comes.”

Are Barnsley missing Pines?

Collins said: “Donovan has really specific attributes. He’s a big old boy. Of course you miss a bit of that.

“It wasn’t just the physicality against Stevenage. It was our structure and focus. The effort is there, the players are dying to do the right things. Sometimes what happens is, in your effort to affect the game, you lose concentration. When they are clear-minded, they do the right things more often than not. That can happen even at the top level.”