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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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2 Arsenal 38 20 11 7 71 29
3 Spurs 38 19 13 6 70 34
4 Man City 38 19 9 10 66 30
5 Man Utd 38 19 9 10 66 14
6 Southampton 38 18 9 11 63 18
7 West Ham 38 16 14 8 62 14
8 Liverpool 38 16 12 10 60 13
9 Stoke 38 14 9 15 51 -14
10 Chelsea 38 12 14 12 50 6
11 Everton 38 11 14 13 47 4
12 Swansea 38 12 11 15 47 -10
13 Watford 38 12 9 17 45 -10
14 WBA 38 10 13 15 43 -14
15 Crystal Palace 38 11 9 18 42 -12
16 AFC Bournemouth 38 11 9 18 42 -22
17 Sunderland 38 9 12 17 39 -14
R Newcastle 38 9 10 19 37 -21
R Norwich 38 9 7 22 34 -28
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