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Boro hunt down Foxes

Boro hunt down Foxes

Middlesbrough are in vital league action on Friday evening when facing up to promotion rivals Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

The Premier League hopefuls are currently locked together on 47 points in the table and just a couple shy of automatic promotion place, but now a full ten points behind leaders Cardiff City.

The visitors will again be making late checks on a number of players with Jonathan Woodgate (calf), Marvin Emnes (hamstring), Andre Bikey (hamstring), Justin Hoyte (hip) and Andrew Halliday (broken nose) all needing assessment.

Otherwise, striker Curtis Main (knee) returned to Under-21 action earlier this week and it's hoped that Muzzy Carayol (knee) can do likewise on Monday.

"They're the top scorers at home in the league this year and they've scored ten in the last two games," manager Tony Mowbray told Boro's official website. "In the home game against them we saw their athleticism and strength. They're a powerful team and we have to be ready to match that. We'll try and pick a team that can do just that and give them problems."

The Foxes expect French winger Anthony Knockaert to be fit despite limping off last week while former Fleetwood Town striker Jamie Vardy has recovered from a heel problem.

But defensive duo Sean St Ledger and Zak Whitbread remain on the sidelines.

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Writer:Vital Boro
Date:Friday January 18 2013
Time: 2:02PM

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P Middlesbrough 46 26 11 9 89 32
3 Brighton 46 24 17 5 89 30
4 Hull City 46 24 11 11 83 34
5 Derby County 46 21 15 10 78 23
6 Sheff Wed 46 19 17 10 74 21
7 Ipswich 46 18 15 13 69 2
8 Cardiff 46 17 17 12 68 5
9 Brentford 46 19 8 19 65 5
10 Birmingham 46 16 15 15 63 4
11 Preston 46 15 17 14 62 0
12 Q.P.R. 46 14 18 14 60 0
13 Leeds Utd 46 14 17 15 59 -8
14 Wolves 46 14 16 16 58 -5
15 Blackburn 46 13 16 17 55 0
16 Forest 46 13 16 17 55 -4
17 Reading 46 13 13 20 52 -7
18 Bristol City 46 13 13 20 52 -17
19 Huddersfield 46 13 12 21 51 -11
20 Fulham 46 12 15 19 51 -13
21 Rotherham 46 13 10 23 49 -18
R Charlton 46 9 13 24 40 -40
R MK Dons 46 9 12 25 39 -30
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