Middlesbrough striker Ashley Fletcher.
Middlesbrough striker Ashley Fletcher.

The Middlesbrough starting XI which could face Watford with Ashely Fletcher pushing for a recall

Middlesbrough will be hoping to bounce back from back-to-back defeats when they host Watford today – yet Neil Warnock’s side will be without some key players at the Riverside.

Monday, 5th April 2021, 7:46 am

Centre-back Dael Fry and midfielder Marcus Tavernier have both been ruled out for the next few weeks with calf and hamstring injuries respectively.

Defender Anfernee Dijksteel will also miss the match and the rest of the season after undergoing an operation on an ankle issue which he picked up at Swansea.

Boro’s 3-1 defeat at Bournemouth last time out left them seven points adrift of the Championship play-off places with seven games to go.

Watford meanwhile, will be looking to bolster their automatic promotion hopes and are second in the table after six consecutive wins.

Boro were beaten 1-0 when the two sides met at Vicarage Road on the opening day of the season.

Here’s who we think could start for Boro against the Hornets.

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