Doncaster v Middlesbrough preview

Team news ahead of Friday night's Championship clash between Doncaster and Middlesbrough at the Keepmoat Stadium.

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Woods (centre): Set to return to Rovers squad

Woods (centre): Set to return to Rovers squad

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Doncaster pair Byron Webster and Martin Woods will return to the squad for the home clash with Middlesbrough.

Webster has been recalled from his loan spell at Hereford to boost manager Sean O'Driscoll's defence while midfielder Woods has been out for just over a month with a groin problem.

Defender Mustapha Dumbuya has been ruled out for six weeks due to knee cartilage damage but on-loan Southampton defender Joe Mills is expected to return to the substitutes' bench following an ankle injury that has kept him sidelined since early November.

Centre-half Wayne Thomas and full-back James O'Connor are doubtful with respective calf injuries as Rovers look to bounce back from last week's 5-1 thrashing at Leicester with a second win in six league matches.

Middlesbrough will monitor David Wheater and Nicky Bailey, who are both struggling with niggles, ahead of the clash.

Both players have missed training sessions this week because of niggles but boss Tony Mowbray is hopeful they will be fit.

Centre-half Wheater is expected to return to the starting line-up after sitting out the home victory against Cardiff through suspension. He will probably replace Seb Hines, who made his first start of the season last weekend.

Bailey has adapted well to a new role in front of the back four. He linked up alongside Kevin Thomson against Cardiff, which allowed Boro's wide players to push further forward.

Fellow midfielder Barry Robson and striker Leroy Lita have recovered from illness and should return to the squad.

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