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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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Writer:Vital Boro
Date:Friday January 24 2014
Time: 4:23PM

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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
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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
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R MK Dons 46 9 12 25 39 -30
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