Middlesbrough FC news: Ex-Manchester United and West Ham man training with Championship club plus Preston red card upheld
Former Middlesbrough midfielder Ravel Morrison has started training with Sheffield Wednesday ahead of a possible free transfer move.
The 28-year-old made just three appearances for Boro last season before a spell at Dutch side ADO Den Haag, where his contract was ended by mutual consent in January.
According to our sister title the Sheffield Star, Morrison, a Manchester United academy graduate who has also played for West Ham, could sign for Wednesday as the Owls desperately try to avoid relegation from the Championship.
Darren Moore’s side are nine points from safety with 10 games to go following a 1-1 draw with Huddersfield last time out.
Browne suspension upheld
Preston midfielder Alan Browne will serve a three-match ban following his red card against Middlesbrough – despite an appeal.
The 25-year-old was sent off after a scuffle with Boro’s Sam Morsy, which led to complaints from Preston manager Alex Neil at half time.
Neil was subsequently sent off for approaching referee Oliver Langford, with the visiting boss later saying he felt Morsy was the instigator.
Preston’s statement read: “The club appealed the length of suspension due to believing this was ‘clearly excessive’ for the incident, considering the provocation of the assault by Boro’s Sam Morsy, however, following the hearing by an independent three-man FA panel, a majority voted for the three-match suspension to be upheld.”
Coburn bags a brace
Finally, teenage striker Josh Coburn scored twice as Boro’s under-23 side beat Bradford in a friendly match at Rockliffe on Wednesday.
Coburn, 18, started on the bench for the senior side’s 3-0 win over Stoke earlier this month and earned praise from manager Neil Warnock.
“We’ve had him training for us for the past few weeks and I’ve really enjoyed watching him,” said the Boro boss.
“He’s one of those who just loves the game, always gives 100 per cent and has a smile on his face.
“He’s a big lad - he reminds me of Jon Stead who I had at Sheffield United and made a good career for himself.
Connor Malley and Tyler Williams also got on the scoresheet for Boro against Bradford.