The City Ground (Credit: Ritchie Sumpter)

Barnsley have had a request to postpone Tuesday’s trip to Nottingham Forest due to coronavirus cases rejected by the EFL.

The Tykes are on a winless run of nine matches having not picked up maximum points since a 2-1 win over Derby County at the start of November 2021.

It was a similar story on Saturday as the visitors were beaten 2-1 by Birmingham City at St Andrews.

Forest are set to host Barnsley on Tuesday night at the City Ground, but the Tykes tried to get the game postponed as a result of rising coronavirus cases within their squad.

Head coach Poya Asbaghi is currently isolating with Covid-19 symptoms, but he could still feature in the dug-out at the City Ground tomorrow after returning two negative tests in 48 hours.

Speaking ahead of the midweek clash, assistant coach Ferran Sibila said: “We had less than 13 first team players in training today, we asked to postpone the game, but we’ve not been allowed.

“We have lots of young players involved therefore, so it’s an opportunity for these guys to take their chance I suppose. 

“Liam Kitching is out, Callum Styles also from the last game. And other guys couldn’t train because of knocks in the last game. So we must wait until tomorrow and see if they recover. 

“It’s not ideal at all for us, but this is the situation we are in right now.”

Forest are just four points off the Championship play-offs and have lost just two of their previous 13 matches.

Discussing the Reds’ rise up the table and impressive form, Sibila said: “It’s time for them to lose! But no, they’ve won three in a row, they did beat Arsenal recently, so we know it’s a big challenge for us especially in these circumstances.

“But if they can beat Arsenal then we can beat Nottingham Forest. 

“They started very badly and have gone on to turn it all around. It’s fine margins. The momentum in football is huge. That positive flow. 

“We need that first win and then things can change really fast, we all know that. Let us hope tomorrow night we can begin to get into that flow, to find positive momentum.”