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Boro visit the leaders

Boro visit the leaders

Revitalised Middlesbrough should find their recent improvement seriously tested at league leaders Leicester City this weekend.

Boro approach the clash with five victories in their last six league games and a recent surge into the top half of the table.

Winger Albert Adomah [ankle] faces a late fitness check for the visitors, who were hoping to complete a deal for on loan Spanish defender Daniel Ayala. His current arrangement ended on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Chelsea loan duo Kenneth Omeruo and Nathaniel Chalobah are still waiting for their chance.

"Daniel knows how important he is for the team but we won't do crazy things with any players," head coach Aitor Karanka told Boro's official website. "At the moment he's not available and for this Saturday, the club is working till the last second but I have other players who can play.

"He needs to think how important it is for him to play here, how much he's enjoyed it and how good it will be for him to stay here."

Leicester expect defender Ritchie De Laet to recover from hamstring trouble while striker Chris Wood is another with a similar complaint.

Elsewhere, Sean St Ledger [groin] and Tom Hopper [shin] both miss out.

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Date:Friday January 24 2014
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2 Spurs 34 23 8 3 77 49
3 Liverpool 34 19 9 6 66 28
4 Man City 34 19 9 6 66 28
5 Man Utd 34 17 14 3 65 26
6 Arsenal 33 18 6 9 60 22
7 Everton 35 16 10 9 58 20
8 WBA 34 12 8 14 44 -4
9 Southampton 33 11 8 14 41 -5
10 AFC Bournemouth 35 11 8 16 41 -13
11 Leicester City 34 11 7 16 40 -12
12 Stoke 35 10 10 15 40 -13
13 Watford 33 11 7 15 40 -17
14 Burnley 35 11 6 18 39 -14
15 West Ham 35 10 9 16 39 -15
16 Crystal Palace 35 11 5 19 38 -10
17 Hull City 35 9 7 19 34 -31
18 Swansea 35 9 5 21 32 -29
19 Middlesbrough 35 5 13 17 28 -19
R Sunderland 34 5 6 23 21 -34
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