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Boro short on options

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka is likely to be targeting a new left-back in the January window after losing the services of George Friend.

Friend was expected to miss at least the next couple of weeks with a knee injury and the Spaniard doesn't consider Ben Gibson as a natural replacement.

Gibson should though still occupy the role for the weekend visit of Brighton, but the current situation has only highlighted the lack of alternatives.

"I hope he [Friend] is back as soon as possible because Gibson is not a left-back," Karanka told the Northern Echo. "I hope George will be with us in two weeks maybe. The problem is in his knee."

Meanwhile, Karanka insists his side are certainly not short in terms of suitable leaders out on the pitch.

"We have Woody [Jonathan Woodgate], [Daniel] Ayala, Grant [Leadbitter] and Dean [Whitehead]," he added. "We have plenty of players that can lead us - it's just silly mistakes. When it comes to our defence, I am very happy with them 95 per cent, but there is five per cent where we need to improve."

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Date:Tuesday December 10 2013

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