Jonathan Woodgate provides Britt Assombalonga and Darren Randolph updates after West Brom win
Middlesbrough boss Jonathan Woodgate says top scorer Britt Assombalonga is still not 100 per cent fit ahead of his side’s trip to Preston on New Year’s Day.
The Boro frontman has missed the Teessiders’ last five games after he was on the end of a heavy challenge during a victory over Charlton at the Riverside.
When asked about Assombalonga following his side’s 2-0 win over West Brom, Woodgate said: “I'm not sure on Britt yet, he's trained a few of days but he's not 100 per cent right so I don't really want to risk him at this moment in time.
Boro were also without first-choice goalkeeper Darren Randolph at the Hawthorns as the Republic of Ireland international continues to recover from a thigh injury.
“He'll be fit I'd say in 10 days I hope,” said Woodgate when talking about the stopper.
During his spell out of the side, Randolph has been linked with a return to Premier League outfit West Ham ahead of the January transfer window.
When asked if the injury has taken longer than expected, Woodgate replied: “Not really, it's a thigh strain, he'd been playing through a thigh strain which he picked up during international duty.
“It's one of those things. I risked him in a game about four weeks ago, he wanted to play, maybe get through a couple of games then have a rest, but he needs a bit longer time at the moment.”