Middlesbrough v Portsmouth preview

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

Last Updated: 01/10/10 at 09:45

Hughes: Has completed a two-match suspension

Hughes: Has completed a two-match suspension

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Middlesbrough defender Julio Arca is struggling to make the clash.

The 29-year-old Argentinian limped out of the 3-1 midweek defeat at Derby with a groin problem and is a major doubt.

However, midfielder Kevin Thomson has a chance of making the squad after returning to training following his recovery from a fractured fibula.

Manager Gordon Strachan will hope to have options with his forwards with Scott McDonald looking to shake off the virus which kept him out of the game at Pride Park, where Kris Boyd scored on his return to the team alongside Leroy Lita.

However, Justin Hoyte (hamstring), Jonathan Franks (herniated disc), Willo Flood (knee) and Rhys Williams (pelvis) are still out, while loan signing Matt Kilgallon has returned to parent club Sunderland with a back problem.

Richard Hughes returns to the Portsmouth squad for the trip.

The midfielder has completed a two-match suspension for his red card against Leicester in the Carling Cup.

Hughes is unlikely to go back into the starting line-up, though, with Pompey having won both games in his absence to lift themselves out of the drop zone.

However, there is plenty of room on the bench with boss Steve Cotterill only able to name five substitutes against Bristol City on Tuesday night.

Cotterill's loan move for Tottenham's Kyle Naughton remains on hold so rookie Joel Ward continues at right-back.

Defender Hermann Hreidarsson (Achilles), striker Danny Webber (cruciate) and youngsters Tom Kilbey (knee) and Billy Goddard (shin) are still on the sidelines.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Championship Fixtures

Tuesday, 21 October 2014
19:45
Blackburn v Birm'ham  
Blackpool v Derby  
B'mouth v Reading  
Brentford v Sheff Wed
Cardiff v Ipswich  
Charlton v Bolton
Huddsf'ld v Brighton
Norwich v Leeds  
Rotherham v Fulham  
Watford v N Forest  

Sky Bet Championship

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

Updated Mon, 20 Oct 2014

Footer 365

Champions League: Real Madrid's Gareth Bale ruled out of Liverpool clash

Gareth Bale has been left out of Real Madrid's squad to face Liverpool due to a muscle injury.

El Clasico: Gerard Pique insists Luis Suarez offers Barcelona something different

Gerard Pique says Luis Suarez is the "opposite" to his Barcelona team-mates - but insists that's what they need.

Van Gaal: 'Possible' for Manchester United to catch Chelsea

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says it is 'possible' to catch league leaders Chelsea despite a ten-point gap.

Mail Box

Is Van Gaal Just A Dutch Pardew?

A Mailbox of comparisons. Van Gaal is similar to Pardew, Wenger to Moyes, Van Persie to a spent force, and Pelle to a bloody gent. There's also plenty from last night...

Reimbursing Fans? How Patronising...

It's something of a return to form for the mailbox with mails on Southampton (Liverpool fans are cynical), the gorgeous Graziano Pelle, Arsenal, Spurs and more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property