Strachan hoping for Robson boost

Middlesbrough are hopeful of welcoming Barry Robson back into their side for Saturday's clash with Bristol City at the Riverside Stadium.

Last Updated: 29/01/10 at 11:54

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Robson has missed the last two games with a hamstring problem, but Gordon Strachan is hoping he could be back for the weekend.

However, the Boro boss expects once again to be without a host of players with Chris Riggott (hamstring), Jeremie Aliadiere (ankle) and Rhys Williams (pelvic injury) all doubts and Isaiah Osbourne still struggling with the knock which has kept him out recently.

Emanuel Pogatetz has returned to light training after his own hamstring problem, but still has some way to go, while Matthew Bates (cruciate ligament) and Seb Hines (ankle and knee ligament) remain sidelined.

Youngster Joe Bennett's name was added to the casualty list in midweek when a foot injury suffered on reserve team duty left him on crutches.

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