Middlesbrough v Coventry preview

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 1:54

Middlesbrough v Coventry preview

Middlesbrough defender Rhys Williams hopes to return to the starting line-up.
Williams was rested on Saturday at Hull, with manager Tony Mowbray making three changes for the 4-2 win, but is expected to return in place of German Maxi Haas, who stepped in for his debut.
Justin Hoyte returned to the substitutes’ bench against the Tigers following long-term hamstring problems and could make his first appearance since January.
Joe Bennett missed out on Saturday through illness and was replaced by Marvin Emnes, who is expected to retain his place up front alongside hat-trick hero Scott McDonald.
Goalkeeper Jason Steele (torn side muscle), midfielder Jonathan Franks and forward Luke Williams (both ankle) are hoping to return to the squad having recently proved their fitness with the reserves.
Coventry will assess Carl Baker and Lukas Jutkiewicz ahead of the game.
Midfielder Baker was forced off at half-time in Good Friday’s 1-1 home draw against Scunthorpe, while striker Jutkiewicz followed him off the field on the hour mark.
Speaking after the draw, caretaker-boss Andy Thorn said: “We’ll assess the boys before we travel up, we’ll see how we are. We’ve got a nice squad and I’m not frightened of playing anybody.
“Bakes (Baker) and the Duke (Jutkiewicz) came off with slight little niggles, so we’ll see how they are. We’ll freshen things up if we need to.”
Thorn continues to be without Gary McSheffrey (knee), Lee Carsley (Achilles), Ben Turner (knee) and James McPake (back) who are all unlikely to play again this season.

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