Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder reveals Andraz Sporar injury latest ahead of Preston North End clash as ex-Boro winger signs for Sheffield Wednesday
Middlesbrough host Preston North End at the Riverside on Tuesday night – with Chris Wilder targeting his first win since taking charge.
Boro drew 1-1 with Millwall at the weekend and they have an opportunity to get three points when Preston make the short trip from Lancashire.
Wilder suffered an injury blow at the weekend but he is hoping the ankle injury suffered by Andraz Sporar won’t keep him out long.
However, he remains a major doubt for Tuesday.
Wilder said: “He had his ankle in an ice bucket at the weekend, so there’s obviously an issue there.
"He’s doing his best to make himself available though. There’s another couple with bumps and bruises, but that’s what you’d expect after a competitive game.
“If I was a player, I’d want to play.
"I’d want to play, and I hope that’s the feeling of the players, that they want to play in this team.
"That’s what I need. I want to have the most difficult job. I want to have 21 or 22 where I’m going, ‘Right, here we go’.”
Wilder added: “Dael Fry is not a million miles away, we’re possibly looking at the back end of the week for him to join in, which is big for us.
“He’s obviously a big player. Payero is pretty much the same. He’ll miss out against Preston, but isn’t far away.”
Meanwhile, Sunderland’s League One rivals Sheffield Wednesday have signed former Cardiff City and Middlesbrough winger Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.
Mendez-Laing – who started his career with Wolves – later had spells at Peterborough and Rochdale before joining Cardiff in 2017.