Patrick Roberts' injury could alter Middlesbrough's transfer plans plus update on Rangers winger

Middlesbrough boss Jonathan Woodgate admits that Patrick Roberts’ hamstring injury has slightly changed the club’s transfer plans ahead of Friday’s deadline.

Thursday, 30th January 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Thursday, 30th January 2020, 6:10 am
Jonathan Woodgate still hopes Middlesbrough can make a couple more signings before the end of January.

Roberts, who joined the club on loan from Manchester City earlier this month, has been ruled out for six to eight weeks after being forced off in the 1-1 draw with Birmingham last time out.

Woodgate is still looking to bring in one or two more players before the end of the month with another centre-back the clear priority.

Boro have been heavily linked with a loan move for Leicester centre-back Filip Benkovic and Burnley’s Ben Gibson.

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Roberts’ injury may now mean Boro are also looking to sign another winger, and when asked if the setback has altered the club’s transfer plans, Woodgate said: “It’s moved it slightly but let’s see what happens over the next 48 hours.”

One attacking player who has been linked with a move to the Riverside is former winger Jordan Jones.

The 25-year-old appears to be surplus to requirements at SPL side Rangers despite signing for The Gers in the summer.

Yet it’s believed that Jones isn’t on Boro’s radar this month, with the Teessiders pursuing other options instead.

Woodgate was also asked if any players could leave the Riverside before the end of January and is hopeful there won’t be any permanent outgoings.

When asked if he’s been made aware of any bids for Boro players, Woodgate said: “Not at the minute, that can change.”