Big Bailey blow for Boro in FA Cup

OUT OF ACTION: Boro's Nicky Bailey

OUT OF ACTION: Boro's Nicky Bailey

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MIDDLESBROUGH’S Nicky Bailey has been ruled for up to six weeks, leaving boss Tony Mowbray with an injury crisis ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup tie with Shrewsbury.

The 27-year-old could be out of action for seven matches, joining a long list of injuries in Boro’s central midfield, but Mowbray is feeling positive ahead of the third-round clash.

He said: “Nicky’s got a medial knee ligament injury and will be out for four to six weeks.

“It’s a blow but I’m sure we will bounce back and find a performance on Saturday.”

Bailey, who has been nominated for December’s Championship Player of the Month, has been a key player this season but picked up the injury in the 1-1 draw with Peterborough on New Year’s Eve.

Boro were then beaten 3-0 by Blackpool on Monday and Mowbray agrees that the injury is a big loss to the team.

“He’s adapted very well to the position we’ve asked him to play and he enjoys the role so it will be disappointing for him to miss football matches,” he said.

“If we’ve got injuries we have to play the lads who are available.”

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