Downing Faces Op!

Last updated : 21 May 2009 By Boro Mad
The 24-year-old damaged his right foot against Aston Villa last weekend and a scan has confirmed he will need an operation which is expected to rule him out for around three months.

Boro assistant boss Malcolm Crosby: "He is out for two or three months at least.

"I think Stewart is going to be out for two or three months at least. That's not good news for him or the club.

"Stewart has played every game for us this season and has made a big contribution. He hasn't scored goals, but he has worked extremely hard.

"Stewart is facing an operation and will be very frustrated.

"I have looked at the challenge again by (Stiliyan) Petrov and, while it was a clumsy challenge, I think it was an accident.

"I don't think that for one minute he meant to do it. Injuries are part of the game and you get used to them happening when you least want them."