Bournemouth v Boro preview

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 1:51

Bournemouth v Boro preview

While the first team were drawing 1-1 with Cardiff on Tuesday evening midfielders O’Kane and Gosling were lining up in a development league clash with AFC Wimbledon having overcome their ankle injuries.
And the pair, who were joined in that line-up by Baily Cargill (hip), are now likely to come into Eddie Howe’s thinking for this crucial clash at the top of the Championship.
Yann Kermorgant made a return to action for the final 15 minutes in south Wales after a leg injury and is now pushing for a start against Boro.
Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka has two major doubts.
Full-back Ryan Fredericks and central defender Daniel Ayala are both struggling to make the game after missing Tuesday night’s priceless 1-0 victory at Derby. Fredericks is nursing a hamstring problem, while Ayala is battling a thigh injury, and late decisions will be taken on both.
Karanka will also assess 35-year-old former England defender Jonathan Woodgate after he played the best part of two full games inside four days to double his appearance tally for the season.
Damia Abella, who appeared in court in Spain this week in connection with a match-fixing investigation, remains on the sidelines with a knee problem, while Rhys Williams’ Achilles injury will rule him out for the remainder of the campaign.
Watch Bournemouth v Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship at 12pm on Saturday on Sky Sports 1 HD.

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