Middlesbrough boss Jonathan Woodgate issues fitness update on three first-team players

Middlesbrough captain George Friend is touch and go for this weekend’s trip to Bristol City.

Wednesday, 28th August 2019, 6:20 pm
Middlesbrough captain George Friend.
Middlesbrough captain George Friend.

The Boro skipper, 31, has missed the side’s last two league games after suffering a recurrence of the quad injury he picked up last season.

When asked about his side’s injury situation ahead of the game at Ashton Gate, Woodgate said: “George Friend is touch and go again, Hayden Coulson isn’t fit yet, he’ll be back after the international break.”

“George has got a quad injury from last season, there’s a bit of scar tissue in there which has been released now, hopefully he’ll be onwards and upwards from now.”

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Boro could also welcome back defender Dael Fry into the starting XI after the 21-year-old returned to the bench from a hamstring injury against Millwall last weekend.

“Dael was in the squad and has had another upgrade of a weeks’ training,” added Woodgate. “He’s been really good in training.”