Injury update on FIVE Middlesbrough first-team players ahead of Reading clash
Middlesbrough pair George Friend and Jonny Howson are both set to undergo minor surgeries today.
Boro captain Friend has been suffering with a thigh issue he sustained last season and is now due for a procedure on a ruptured tendon.
Howson, meanwhile, suffered a hernia issue ahead of the Teessiders’ 2-2 draw at Bristol City which caused him to miss the game at Ashton Gate.
Centre-back Daniel Ayala was also absent against the Robins with a tight hamstring but has returned to training.
Striker Rudy Gestede has also been suffering with a hamstring problem, which he sustained on international duty with Benin, and is undergoing treatment.
Another player who has been sidelined in recent weeks is left-back Hayden Coulson who is making progress after missing Boro’s last four league games with a thigh injury.
Boro will return to action this weekend when they face Reading at the Riverside.