Jonathan Woodgate reveals three fresh injury concerns ahead of Middlesbrough's trip to Leeds

Middlesbrough have been dealt yet more injury setbacks ahead of their trip to Leeds after both Anfernee Dijksteel and Paddy McNair had to be substituted during Wednesday’s win over Barnsley.

Wednesday, 27th November 2019, 10:42 pm
Updated Thursday, 28th November 2019, 11:04 am

Jonathan Woodgate’s side ended a 10-match winless run with a 1-0 win over the Tykes to move out of the Championship relegation zone, yet the result came at a cost.

Boro already had a depleted squad ahead of the match at the Riverside, with George Friend, Marcus Browne, Rudy Gestede and Ryan Shotton all injured.

When asked about Dijksteel, who was replaced in the 22nd minute, Woodgate said: “He’s got a slight knee problem. I’m not sure who is going to be fit (for the weekend) to be honest. We have a few niggles, the squad will be more depleted probably.

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Middlesbrough head coach Jonathan Woodgate.
Middlesbrough head coach Jonathan Woodgate.

“We had a lot of the academy involved tonight, Hayden Hackney on the bench, Nathan Wood, Tyrone O’Neill, Ben Liddle.

“We are down to the bare bones but it’s been like that all season.”

On McNair, who made way for Adam Clayton 12 minutes from time, Woodgate added: “McNair has been carrying a glute injury, he’s had a few bangs to it and it’s been a sore area.

“He’s one of those players who is determined to play so lets see.”

Woodgate also revealed that goalkeeper Darren Randolph is likely to be out for the next three weeks with a thigh injury after Aynsley Pears started against Barnsley.

Overall the Boro boss felt his side deserved to win the game in difficult, rainy conditions at the Riverside.

“Difficult game with the conditions,” added Woodgate. “I thought they played well at times but I thought second half we dominated them, could have added more than one with the chances we created."

“Second half we couldn't play in some areas. We had to get in behind them a lot more and that's what I said to do get behind them, get runners and we caused them a lot of problems. With Britt and Fletch up there they will cause any team problems."