Middlesbrough winger Marvin Johnson ready to make amends after three-match suspension
Middlesbrough winger Marvin Johnson wants to make amends for his red card against Hull City and says he’s been working hard behind the scenes.
Johnson’s dismissal against the Tigers meant he missed the games against Barnsley, Leeds and Charlton through suspension, yet the 29-year-old will be available to face Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.
Saturday’s victory over Charlton means Johnson is unlikely to start at the City Ground, yet the flanker’s return will provide a boost for Boro boss Jonathan Woodgate.
Johnson has been an important player for the Teessiders this season and admits it’s been difficult watching from the sidelines.
“It’s even worse than actually being injured and not being able to play because you know it’s through a suspension, I’ve been gutted,” Johnson told the Mail.
“Everyday in training I’ve just had to give my all and give everything I’ve needed to do when I’m back to make sure that I’m ready to help the team.
Despite Boro’s recent injury setbacks, Johnson will face a challenge to get back into the side following the impressive performances of young wing-backs Hayden Coulson and Djed Spence.
Johnson has been happy to switch to a wing-back role this season though, following Boro’s change of system earlier in the campaign.
“I started off on the wing and then got moved to wing-back which I don’t mind either,” he added.
“The fact is I’m just really enjoying it and feeling good about myself. It’s a team game and if I’m helping out the team then I’ll do the best I can.”