Middlesbrough v Swansea preview

Team news for Saturday's Championship clash between Middlesbrough and Swansea at the Riverside Stadium.

Last Updated: 11/02/11 at 13:32

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Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray has a number of late decisions to make ahead of the game.

Barry Robson could return to the squad after recovering from a gashed ankle which left him on crutches while Marvin Emnes, who had a loan spell at Swansea earlier this season, is back in training following a groin problem.

However, full-back Joe Bennett returned from England Under-21s duty nursing a dead leg, Andrew Taylor has been undergoing treatment for a tight hamstring and Julio Arca will have a late fitness check on a toe injury.

New signing Merouane Zemmama is standing by to join fellow January arrival Maximilian Haas in the squad, which could be boosted by the returns of Tarmo Kink from illness and Mickael Tavares from a fractured toe.

Matthew Bates will have scans on his hamstring injury next week while Danny Coyne (back), Stephen McManus and Luke Williams (both ankle ligaments) and Kevin Thomson (hairline fibula fracture) remain on the sidelines.

But Justin Hoyte (hamstring) is due to return to training next week when Rhys Williams (pelvis) and Willo Flood (knee) are expected to play for the reserves.

Swansea, meanwhile, could remain unchanged as they look to bounce back from their defeat to Cardiff with a positive result in the north-east.

Brendan Rodgers named the same side to face the Bluebirds as the one who had dismantled Bristol City earlier in the week and only a touch of class from Craig Bellamy separated the two sides last Sunday.

Striker Luke Moore suffered slight concussion during the second half at the Liberty Stadium but, having sat out of training earlier in the week, is due to fly north with the squad and is in contention.

Midfielder Joe Allen, a 58th-minute substitute against Cardiff, has also recovered from a groin niggle and will be pushing for a starting berth.

Skipper Garry Monk (knee), defender Neil Taylor (ankle) and midfielder Andrea Orlandi (thigh) remain sidelined.

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