As things stand, Neil Warnock's side are in 10th place with just six matches to go, and a nine-point gap to bridge to make the play-off places.
Speaking after their draw with the Hornets, which saw Yannick Bolasie rescue his side a point late on, Warnock revealed that summer signing Sam Morsy will be out for the rest of the season, after he picked up an injury.
The Boro boss claimed: “He’s out for the season now, he’s done his medial ligament. We don’t know how bad it is yet but he’s out for the season so we have blow after blow on the injuries.
“That’s four first-team players and we had to put Hayden (Coulson) in midfield where he’s never played in his life.”
Next up, Boro travel to take on high-flying Barnsley at Oakwell on Saturday afternoon, which could prove a tough test against a side which could, against all odds, make the play-offs this season.
Here are today's biggest transfer stories and the latest team news involving Middlesbrough and the rest of the Championship, as the build-up to the action to this weekend's action begins:
5. Terriers loan man to be let go this summer
Huddersfield Town loanee Joel Pereira is set to be released by Man Utd this summer, as they look to trim their wage bill. The 24-year-old, who reportedly earns £30k-per-week, has only played three games for the Red Devils in his career. (Mirror)
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6. O'Brien tipped for top tier move
Huddersfield Town Callum Woods has tipped his teammate Lewis O'Brien to eventually break into the Premier League. He was heavily linked with Burnley back in January. (The 72)
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7. Hammers battle Preston for starlet
West Ham and Preston are battling it out to sign Cork City starlet Joe O’Brien-Whitmarsh. The teenager has featured on trial for both sides of late, and netted four goals for the former in a youth game against Ipswich last Saturday. (Football League World)
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8. Rangers urged to sign Cherries target
Peterborough United's star striker Jonson Clarke-Harris has been urged to join Rangers in the upcoming transfer window. The clinical forward, who's also been linked with Bournemouth, has netted 28 goals so far this season. (Football Insider)
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