Jones Gets The Nod Over Turnbull!

Last updated : 13 March 2009 By Boro Mad

MIDDLESBROUGH (from): Jones, Bates, Pogatetz, Wheater, Huth, Arca, O'Neil, Downing, Aliadiere, Tuncay, Turnbull, McMahon, Walker, Taylor, Emnes, Johnson A, King, Alves, Franks, Hoyte.

PORTSMOUTH (from): James, Johnson, Campbell, Distin, Hreidarsson, Pennant, Davis, Mullins, Kranjcar, Nugent, Crouch, Basinas, Belhadj, Utaka, Kaboul, Kanu, Traore, Hughes, Wilson, Begovic.

Boro defender Justin Hoyte is doubtful for Saturday's crucial Barclays Premier League clash against Portsmouth at the Riverside Stadium.

His absence could create an opportunity for Tony McMahon or see Matthew Bates drop back from midfield into defence.

Striker Afonso Alves is fit again after illness while Marlon King, cup-tied against Everton, is also back in contention.

Portsmouth caretaker manager Paul Hart is expected to field an unchanged side.

Richard Hughes is available after a hamstring injury and Marc Wilson has recovered after suffering with mumps, but Hart, who will remain in charge for the rest of the season, has so far been reluctant to change his starting line-up during his short stint in charge.

Senegal international Papa Bouba Diop back in light training after two months on the sidelines with a knee ligament injury, but is not ready for the first team yet, and Greek striker Theo Gekas must continue to wait for his chance.