Date: 23rd February 2018 at 10:16pm
Written by:

Middlesbrough face a local derby with bottom-of-the-table Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3.00pm).

Boro have suffered a significant injury blow during their midweek 3-1 victory against Hull City with two-goal Rudy Gestede potentially ruled out for the remainder of the season because of a fractured ankle.

Defender Ben Gibson missed the game after reporting ill during the pre-match warm-up – but it’s hoped he recovers in time.

Brazilian full-back Fabio da Silva [thigh] is still currently unavailable for the visitors.

Sunderland were similarly waiting on Welsh right-back Adam Matthews after sitting out their midweek defeat to Bolton Wanderers due to a hamstring problem.

Meanwhile, midfielder Ovie Ejaria also requires checking having recently been troubled by a thigh injury.

Otherwise, defender Marc Wilson, midfielder Darron Gibson and winger Kazenga LuaLua remain sidelined.