Vital Football

Latest Middlesbrough FC News

Successive home games for Boro

Successive home games for Boro

Middlesbrough can get right back on track with successive home games starting against Blackburn Rovers on Boxing Day.

Manager Tony Mowbray will need to check on the availability of Nicky Bailey, Andre Bikey and Ishmael Miller (all illness) after missing their recent defeat at Leeds United. Goalkeeper Jason Steele and striker Marvin Emnes were also struggling but managed to turn out at Elland Road.

Australian international Rhys Williams travelled to that game after returning from an ankle injury and could be involved.

"I think it's a bit early for Rhys and yet we might have to rush him back because of a lack of numbers," Mowbray confirmed to the Evening Gazette. "Steele was vomiting before the Leeds game but played, Emnes had a bad stomach. I wasn't going to mention it because I don't want to sound like I'm making excuses, but it was an issue.

"We had to leave Bailey, Bikey and Miller back at home because they all had a bug," he continued. "But we won't be the only team to suffer this kind of setback."

Blackburn have midfielders Danny Murphy and David Dunn available alongside defender Markus Olsson following illness.

But Mauro Formica (foot) is considered doubtful while Fabio Nunes and Nuno Gomes are both sidelined by hamstring trouble.

Following the arrival of Rovers, fourth-placed Boro then host Blackpool at the weekend before travelling to Derby County on New Year's Day.

Join The Vital Debate



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Vital Boro
Date:Wednesday December 26 2012
Time: 12:00PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Middlesbrough Articles

We were comfortable - Monk

Manager Garry Monk was pleased to turn around Middlesbrough's recent poor sequence of results against Ipswich Town at the Riverside.

Middlesbrough 2 Ipswich Town 0

Goals either side of the interval were enough as Middlesbrough accounted for fellow promotion hopefuls Ipswich Town at the Riverside.

Martin Braithwaite provided their opener just before the break and Patrick Bamford improved upon that early in the second-half.

Boro had earlier gone close to making the breakthrough when defender Ben Gibson slid in on Stewart Downing's free-kick.

Downing was again the provider as Fabio volleyed into the side-netting, while Britt Assombalonga

Stats: Middlesbrough v Ipswich Town

All the stats from Middlesbrough (2) vs (0) Ipswich Town, Riverside, Sat 9th Dec 3.00pm Att: 22,989

Team Line-Ups: Middlesbrough v Ipswich Town

Team line-ups for Middlesbrough v Ipswich Town at the Riverside (kick-off 3.00pm).

Archived Vital Boro Articles

Vital Boro articles from

Site Journalists

Maccarone
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Was Garry Monk the right appointment?
Suggested By: Vital Boro
Yes66%
No34%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Middlesbrough  Results (view all)

Middlesbrough  Fixtures (view all)

The Vital Football Members League