Boro to support Matthew Bates through injury layoff

MATTHEW Bates will have all the medical support he needs as he recovers from a serious knee injury, says Tony Mowbray.

The Boro skipper had ligament surgery on Monday, and the Boro boss said: “It’s obviously a bad injury.

“Matthew has been over the course before, he knows what he has to do, he knows what’s required.

“We wish him well in that quest, that battle to get himself fit again.

“But the club will support him in every way that we can and we wish him well.”

Bates suffered the injury at Ipswich last Tuesday night when attempting to shield a ball out of play when he was challenged by Michael Chopra.

Bates appeared to land awkwardly and following a few minutes’ treatment he went straight down the tunnel.

He had a scan on the injury last week and surgery yesterday.

The normal timescale of recovery from such operations is around six months, by which time Bates will be out of contract.

“The football club will be there to supply him with the facilities and medical support and the encouragement he needs,” said Mowbray.

“Beyond that, when he’s fit, we have decisions to make.”