Doncaster v Middlesbrough preview

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

Last Updated: 16/12/10 at 16:36   

Woods (centre): Set to return to Rovers squad

Woods (centre): Set to return to Rovers squad

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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Championship Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
Blackburn v Yeovil  
Bournemth v Sheff Wed  
Charlton v Bolton  
Huddersfld v Brighton  
Wigan v Reading  
17:15
Blackpool v Burnley  
19:30
Doncaster v Derby  
Saturday, 19 April 2014
12:15
Leicester v QPR  
15:00
Barnsley v Leeds  
Middlesbro' v Millwall  

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Leicester 42 35 90
2 Burnley 42 31 83
3 Derby 42 27 75
4 QPR 42 15 73
5 Wigan 41 14 67
6 Reading 42 13 64
7 Brighton 42 12 64
8 Ipswich 42 8 64
9 Bournemth 42 1 62
10 Blackburn 42 3 60
11 N Forest 42 4 59
12 Middlesbro' 42 10 58
13 Watford 41 16 57
14 Bolton 42 -2 54
15 Sheff Wed 42 0 50
16 Leeds 42 -9 50
17 Huddersfld 42 -9 46
18 Birmingham 41 -10 43
19 Doncaster 42 -26 43
20 Blackpool 42 -26 42
21 Charlton 41 -24 41
22 Millwall 42 -30 40
23 Barnsley 42 -28 39
24 Yeovil 42 -25 36

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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