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Middlesbrough Given Injury Boost With 29 Year Old Closing In On First Team Return

Middlesbrough Given Injury Boost With 29 Year Old Closing In On First Team Return

Middlesbrough striker Rudy Gestede is close to a return to the first team after playing over an hour for the Under 23s last night.

The Benin international picked up an ankle injury in the 4-3 win over Accrington Stanley in pre-season but he is gradually getting back to full fitness.

Gestede lasted 66 minutes as the Under 23s recorded a narrow 3-2 win over West Bromwich Albion. The 29-year-old was manager Tony Pulis’s first choice striker before he suffered his first ankle injury back in February.

He returned for the second leg of the Championship play-off semi-final against Aston Villa back in May, but he was unable to help his team as they lost 1-0 on aggregate.

Boro boss Pulis already has a number of striking options available to him. In addition to Britt Assombalonga and Martin Braithwaite, he has on-loan West Ham striker Jordan Hugill, as well as Ashley Fletcher who scored in the Under 23s win over the Baggies yesterday.