Middlesbrough’s injury problems won’t help manager Jonathan Woodgate arrest an extremely poor run of form when they face QPR at Loftus Road tomorrow afternoon.
The Teessiders head into the clash in the relegation zone, two points off safety after a run of eight games without a win, while their opponents sit ninth in the table.
Boro may have up to eight players missing tomorrow. Captain George Friend is back in training following surgery, but he won’t be available to play.
Rudy Gestede (hamstring), Darren Randolph (thigh), Ashley Fletcher (calf), Marcus Browne (hamstring) and Ryan Shotton (knee) are all out contention. Aynsley Pears is a doubt with a hand injury while George Saville is suspended after picking up a red card against Derby.
Middlesbrough’s Predicted XI To Face QPR:
Mejias, Dijksteel, McNair, Ayala, McNair, Coulson, Clayton, Wing, Howson, Tavernier, Assombalonga
QPR boss Mark Warburton has two players on the treatment table. Toni Leistner will have a late fitness test after limping off against Leeds, while Yoann Barbet is out with a muscular injury.
QPR’s Predicted XI:
Kelly, Rangel, Hall, Leistner, Wallace, Manning, Chair, Ball, Eze, Wells, Hugill
The bookmakers have QPR as the favourites with Coral pricing them at 10/11 for the win, A draw is 14/5 with Betway while a Boro victory is currently 31/10 at Betfred.
Predicted Score – 2-0 to QPR