Hassell Edging Closer to Return

  • Last Updated: March 13 2012, 17:41 GMT

Barnsley defender Bobby Hassell has targeted a return to first-team action in two weeks time.

Hassell: On the mend

Hassell, 31, has missed the last eight matches due to a knee injury sustained in training just over a month ago.

"It's been annoying. It's never a good time being injured, obviously. Hopefully I'll be back in two weeks, fully fit and able to play," he told the club's official website.

"I knew when I did the injury I'd be out for six weeks. I'm looking at getting back for Peterborough possibly, if not the week after at Ipswich, so one of those two. I'll see how it goes this week."

Hassell said Barnsley's run of five games without a win had coincided with injuries to four other first-team players - Jacob Butterfield, David Perkins (both knee), Rob Edwards (hamstring) and Jim O'Brien (groin) - while Ricardo Vaz Te was sold to West Ham in January.

He added: "It's nothing to do with slowing down. The fact of the matter is we've lost six good players from the first team - ones that were playing regularly - our best players as well."