Is Michal Helik's Barnsley FC career over? In-demand Polish centre-back struggling to be fit before transfer window shuts

Barnsley supporters will be hoping Michael Helik has not played his last game for the League One club after it was revealed he is struggling to play in this transfer window.

The centre-back has a thigh strain expected to keep him out for three to four weeks.

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As a full Polish international, the 26-year-old was always expected to be in demand this summer after Barnsley finished bottom of last season's Championship. With a shortfall of revenue of around £6m-£7m, Cauley Woodrow, Carlton Morris and Callum Brittain have already been sold and it would be a surprise if Callum Styles - part of the Hungarian side who embarrassed England in June's Nations League tie - did not go too.

WANTED MAN: Like Barnsley team-mate Callum Styles (left), Michal Helik is expected to be the subject of interest in this transfer window

Barnsley manager Michael Duff has confirmed the club have turned a bid for Helik down - believed to be a £1.5m offer from Lech Poznan - "a couple of weeks ago".

On July 26, Poznan signed central defender Filip Dagerstal on loan.

The Polish transfer window closes on the same time as the English one, on September 1.

Meanwhile, Duff confirmed the anticipated loan signing of Manchester City youngster Slobodan Tedic, but played down the idea of him coming straight into the first team.

"It's more of a development loan," he said. "It's for him to have a look at English football and hopefully he can help us."

The Serbian has spent the two years since he joined City on loan at Dutch club Zwolle, who were relegated from the Eredivisie. Tedic scored just three goals in that time, all in 2020-21.