Middlesbrough hope for injury boost at Derby as Neil Warnock explains Nathaniel Mendez-Laing situation

Neil Warnock hopes Dael Fry will be available for next weekend’s trip to Derby after picking up a calf injury.

Sunday, 7th February 2021, 9:12 am

The Middlesbrough defender missed his side’s 4-1 defeat by Brentford at the Riverside after suffering the setback at Norwich.

When asked about Fry after the Brentford game, Warnock said: “Dael isn’t far away. He is quite confident he’ll be back next week.

“I’m no expert but there’s bits of blood around it, but nothing damaging in the actual muscle.

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Middlesbrough defender Dael Fry.

“So he should have a good chance for next week I hope."

Fry’s absence meant Anfernee Dijksteel returned to the side in defence, following an operation to remove an abscess.

Warnock is also hopeful midfielder Marcus Tavernier will be fit again soon following a knee injury.

“I’ve got to give Dijksteel a pat on the back today," added Warnock.

“If you’d have seen his operation you wouldn’t have thought he’d play today. And I thought he did ever so well.

"Tav’s not far away either. He is probably another week after Dael.”

Boro also started new signing Nathaniel Mendez-Laing on the bench, yet the winger hasn’t played a competitive match since July.

“We put Mendez on the bench today but he was never going to come on,” said Warnock. “We hadn’t got another sub so I said put him on and we’ll let him have a look.

“He’ll train all next week and we might get 20/30 minutes out of him at Derby.

“He looks useful in the (training) games, it’s just that he hasn’t done that much. I don’t want him to pull a hamstring straight away so we’ll see how that goes.”

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