Stevenage’s injury problems continue to mount. Don Cowan faces around six months out after undergoing ankle surgery on Friday while fellow striker Chris Beardsley will be absent for four to six weeks with a torn hamstring.
Midfielder John Mousinho is still working his way back to full fitness after missing the last four months with a broken bone in his foot.
Winger Luke Freeman was eased back into action against Walsall on Saturday after his badly bruised foot and on-loan defender Jamaal Lascelles could be available following a tight hamstring.
However, on-loan striker Jordan Slew will serve the second game of a three-match suspension.
A Boro win would see them climb above Carlisle and into the final play-off spot.
Meanwhile, Bournemouth are sweating over the fitness of striker Matt Tubbs as they prepare for their first match following the dismissal of manager Lee Bradbury.
Bradbury left Dean Court on Sunday with the Cherries lying 13th in npower League One, with Paul Groves taking temporary charge, and the caretaker boss may well have to do without his star forward at Boro.
Tubbs has missed Bournemouth’s last three matches because of a groin strain, and the same injury could keep the striker out of the trip to Broadhall Way.
On-loan frontman Zavon Hines made his debut in the defeat to Oldham on Saturday and is set to fill in once again up front, while winger Donal McDermott and forward Wes Thomas could both return after minor knocks.
Full-back Charlie Daniels has been ruled out for up to three weeks with a hairline fracture in his foot and defender Stephen Purches (double leg break) is definitely out.
Captain Adam Barrett is unlikely to make his comeback from a hamstring problem.