Boro sweating over Johnson fitness

Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan will make a late decision on winger Adam Johnson ahead of the Boxing Day clash with Scunthorpe.

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Johnson: Hamstring tear

Johnson: Hamstring tear

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The 22-year-old missed the 2-0 derby defeat at Newcastle with a slight hamstring tear suffered a week earlier, but has returned to training and could be fit to face the Iron.

French striker Jeremie Aliadiere, who has been out of action since the 2-0 victory over Derby on October 20 - Gareth Southgate's last game in charge - because of an ankle injury which required surgery, is also back in training and has an outside chance of being included in the squad.

However, central defender Sean St Ledger is unavailable once again after his loan deal expired with a proposed permanent move yet to be sealed.

In addition, Matthew Bates (cruciate ligament) and Seb Hines (ankle surgery) remain on the sidelines.

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