Middlesbrough fitness boost as Neil Warnock drops selection hint ahead of Stoke City trip

Neil Warnock says Marcus Browne is making good progress after picking up a hamstring injury last month.
Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now

The 22-year-old had impressed the Middlesbrough boss in training before suffering the setback prior to November’s meeting with Norwich.

Warnock has said Boro don’t have any fresh injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s trip to Stoke, yet defender Anfernee Dijksteel does remain out with a knock.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

The Dutchman is on course to return for next weekend’s meeting with Millwall, though, while Ashley Fletcher is expected to be available at the end of January as he continues to recover from a more severe hamstring injury.

Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock.Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock.
Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock.

When asked about Browne by the Mail, Warnock said: “He’s training hard, I saw him and Fletch the other day.

“The rehabilitation is really good here with the medical people and fitness lads. Even Dijksteel was on the grass yesterday.

“It's only a grade one strain for him so he hopefully shouldn't be too long.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

“I try to avoid the doctor at the moment, because it's only been bad news - he's like the lurgy!”

Warnock also said Duncan Watmore will be ready to start at Stoke after scoring both goals in Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Swansea.

"He's had his injuries and he's over them now," said Warnock when asked about Watmore.

"In training one day he did well over 10k, I think it was the most they've ever recorded for a morning session, so he's spot on physically.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

"There's nothing like playing games to get that sharpness, so it's just about him getting a few games in now."

A message from the Football Clubs Editor

Our aim is to provide you with the best, most up-to-date and most informative Middlesbrough coverage 365 days a year.

This depth of coverage costs, so to help us maintain the high-quality reporting that you are used to, please consider taking out a subscription to our new sports-only package here.

Your support is much appreciated. Richard Mennear, Football Clubs Editor