Osbourne in line for Boro debut

Loan signing Isaiah Osbourne could make his Middlesbrough debut when the Teessiders look to return to winning ways at Crystal Palace.

Last Updated: 06/11/09 at 13:17

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The 21-year-old Aston Villa midfielder trained with his new team-mates for the first time on Thursday and should be involved as manager Gordon Strachan looks for his first victory at the helm.

Striker Marcus Bent, who made his debut as a substitute in the 1-0 home defeat by Plymouth last weekend after sealing his own loan move from Birmingham, will also hope for a place in the starting line-up.

Andrew Taylor, who played in the reserves in midweek along with Chris Riggott, is closing in on a return from ankle ligament damage, although the latter is still some way away from first-team contention after ankle surgery.

Skipper Emanuel Pogatetz will be out for around six weeks with a fractured cheekbone while Jeremie Aliadiere (ankle surgery), Seb Hines (knee), Caleb Folan (hamstring) and Matthew Bates (cruciate ligament) remain on the sidelines.

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