Boro boss says Bart can fill Marv’s boots

Boro's Marvin Emnes
Boro's Marvin Emnes

BORO boss Tony Mowbray is confident his team can cope without Marvin Emnes if the club’s top scorer fails to overcome a suspected hamstring strain.

Saturday’s 1-0 home win over Brighton came at a cost, with both Emnes and Merouane Zemmama limping off with injuries and Tony McMahon suspended for next weekend’s trip to Cardiff after picking up a fifth booking.

Emnes has been an ever-present in the Championship so far this season but is a serious doubt for Saturday’s big game at the Cardiff City Stadium.

The only game he didn’t start was the 2-1 defeat at Crystal Palace in the Carling Cup.

Mowbray’s options include pushing midfielder Barry Robson into attack alongside Scott McDonald or partnering the striker with Bart Ogbeche.

Either way, Mowbray is confident his team can cope without their talisman.

“We managed without Marvin earlier in the season so we can manage.

“I’ve no fears that if Marvin is injured that Bart could come in and do a job.

“Let’s see how the injury settles down and hopefully there will be better news this week.

“If Marvin is injured we have to get on with it. It’s a long hard winter for every team in this league, so we will all have injuries. We have to cope, the club has to cope, injuries are part and parcel of football.”