Kitson back and raring to go for Tyke tussle

Dave Kitson
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Dave Kitson has been given the all-clear to face Barnsley as he looks to build on last weekend’s strike.

Kitson hit his first goal in seven games to help the Blues to victory at Doncaster last weekend.

But he suffered for his effort as he was knocked unconscious following a kick to the head by defender Sam Hird, picking up a huge fat lip along the way.

Kitson has also had to deal with problems off the pitch, with his son ill in hospital.

The hitman has been given time off by Cotterill to deal with the problem.

The 31-year-old was back in training yesterday, though, and set to lead the line against the Tykes.

Cotterill said: ‘Dave trained for the first time this week yesterday.

‘If he plays against Barnsley like he trained yesterday we will be very happy with that.

‘He was bright and breezy and things seem to have settled down at home.

‘His kid’s a lot better and that’s good news.

‘He had Sunday to Wednesday off so he could be at home and get things sorted.

‘That was time for him to get his head straight.

‘He has come in yesterday and was as bright as a button.’

Cotterill is hopeful that bagging his goal against Doncaster will give Kitson’s confidence a shot in the arm as he looks to go on another run of strikes.

He said: ‘For the first 20 minutes last week I didn’t think it looked like Kits was with us.

‘I think the goal would have definitely helped him get through the rest of the game.

‘Hopefully it will boost his confidence.

‘All strikers like to score.

‘His lip is okay. He said he wasn’t the best looking anyway!

‘He really did have a fat lip. I think he was more worried about his teeth, though.

‘I wouldn’t necessarily say he’s one of those big brave players but hopefully he’ll do that a bit more often now he knows it doesn’t hurt so much and get a few more.

‘It’s worth a fat lip to score in a win – especially if it’s not my lip!

‘Most forwards would take a knock to know they’ll score, though.’