Williams fights latest injury setback

Ryan Williams is targeting a return to the field next season with Barnsley as he battles more injury problems.

The Aussie winger, who signed for the League One club in July 2015, last managed a game in January.

Williams is recovering from new groin issues after originally tearing his groin at Oakwell over a year ago.

The former Fulham attacker confirmed to FourFourTwo that he is suffering from osteitis pubis.

Williams has made six appearances for Barnsley in the 2015/2016 campaign. After his nightmare health issues, he is hopeful to be fully fit and raring to go when the 2016/2017 season kicks off.

“I’m getting there,” the 22-year old said.

“My aim is pre-season so will be working hard in the off-season to get back.”

Williams has been a bystander while the Reds have turned their season around.

Barnsley currently sit in seventh spot in League One, on equal points as sixth-placed Gillingham, and are closing in on a playoff spot.

Earlier this month he missed the club’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final 3-2 win over Oxford United at Wembley.

He was also unavailable for the Olyroos qualifiers late last year. Barnsley have lost just two of their past 10 league fixtures.

Williams told the Barnsley Chronicle last month that he is very positive about the club’s recent run.

“There's no point in sulking about my injury,” he said.

“I am excited. All the boys are buzzing and playing really well and we are sixth in the league. What is there to complain about? I have an awesome job, I just haven't been able to do it much lately. 

“I want to help Barnsley as much as I can and they have been helping me."