Boro skipper back for Toon trip

Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan will welcome back skipper Gary O'Neil for the derby trip to Newcastle United on Sunday.

Last Updated: 19/12/09 at 13:15

O'Neil: Fit for Boro

O'Neil: Fit for Boro

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The midfielder missed last weekend's 1-0 home defeat by Cardiff with a calf problem but has returned to training and is expected to be available at St James' Park.

However, key winger Adam Johnson is out after suffering a slight hamstring tear against the Bluebirds.

Boro are hopeful Johnson will be fit for the Boxing Day clash with Scunthorpe but this match will come too soon for him.

Defender Sean St Ledger is unavailable after his loan deal from Preston drew to a close while Seb Hines (ankle surgery) will be out for up to eight weeks.

Didier Digard (back), Jeremie Aliadiere (ankle surgery) and Matthew Bates (cruciate ligament) remain on the sidelines.

The match kicks off at 1pm.

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Championship Fixtures

Saturday, 23 August 2014
12:15
Ipswich v Norwich  
15:00
Blackburn v Bournemth  
Brentford v Birmingham  
Brighton v Bolton  
Derby v Fulham  
Huddersfld v Charlton  
M'boro v Sheff Wed  
Millwall v Rotherham  
N Forest v Reading  
Watford v Leeds  

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Position Team P GD PTS
1 N Forest 3 3 7
2 Cardiff 3 3 7
3 Millwall 3 3 7
4 Charlton 3 2 7
5 Bournemth 3 4 6
6 Norwich 3 4 6
7 Watford 3 2 6
8 M'boro 3 2 6
9 Wolves 3 1 6
10 Sheff Wed 3 1 5
11 Ipswich 3 0 4
12 Reading 3 0 4
13 Brentford 3 0 4
14 Derby 3 0 4
15 Blackburn 3 -1 4
16 Birmingham 3 -1 4
17 Brighton 3 0 3
18 Rotherham 3 -2 3
19 Leeds 3 -3 3
20 Huddersfld 3 -5 3
21 Wigan 3 -2 1
22 Bolton 3 -4 1
23 Fulham 3 -3 0
24 Blackpool 3 -4 0

Updated Thu, 21 Aug 2014

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