Middlesbrough dealt big injury blow with six first-team players out ahead of Barnsley clash

Middlesbrough captain George Friend will be out until February after suffering another injury setback.

Tuesday, 26th November 2019, 12:50 pm
Middlesbrough captain George Friend.
Middlesbrough captain George Friend.

The 32-year-old has made just two league appearances this season after returning for the fixture at QPR before the international break but missed Sunday’s 2-2 draw will Hull City.

Friend has been suffering from a thigh injury he picked up at the end of last season which has snowballed into another issue.

“Looking at George I think he's going to be back February time. That's a big blow for us,” said Woodgate ahead of Wednesday’s meeting with Barnsley at the Riverside.

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Boro will also be without Ryan Shotton (knee), Marcus Browne (hamstring) and Rudy Gestede (hamstring) for the game against the Tykes, while Darren Randolph is 50/50 with a thigh issue.

Midfielder George Saville and winger Marvin Johnson, who was sent off against Hull, are suspended for the game.