By Russell Edge

19th Apr, 2018 | 2:55pm

Confirmed: Powerhouse facing desperate battle to feature in Leeds v Barnsley

Barnsley manager Jose Morais has confirmed that powerhouse defender Adam Jackson is facing a battle with injury in a bid to be fit for the clash against Leeds United on Saturday.

The Tykes travel to Elland Road looking to pick up three points which will help give them a massive boost in their hopes for survival from relegation, currently sitting 22nd but just two points behind Birmingham City and Bolton Wanderers ahead of them.

Morais saw his side pull off a last minute draw with the Trotters last weekend with an injury time equaliser, but the point came at a cost with Jackson forced off at half time with a knock, and he is now desperately trying to be fit for the visit to former Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom’s new team, as confirmed to the Yorkshire Post.

The 23-year-old has made 22 appearances across all competitions, scoring twice, but was forced to sit out much of the season, from October until February, with injury.

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Leeds might not admit it out loud but they will take any boost to their chances of a much needed victory, even if that means the absence of one of the opposition’s star men. Losing Jackson would be a big blow to the Tykes’ own survival hopes, although the way Morais is speaking, it seems that he will not miss more than the trip to Elland Road if he is forced to sit out Saturday’s clash. Leeds know all about the impact injuries can have on the side, having suffered a raft of issues throughout the campaign, but that sympathy will pause for 90 minutes when the kick off is signalled by the referee’s whistle.

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