Middlesbrough defender out for rest of season

Last updated : 24 March 2005 By Holgate
Boro full-back Tony McMahon is likely to be out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to rectify a knee problem.
The youngster (19 today), has broken through to first team contention this season, making 16 starts and three substitute appearances. He picked up the injury during the 1-0 UEFA Cup defeat at Sporting Lisbon and a scan has revealed cartilage damage.
Doctors have told McMahon he will need around six weeks rehabilitation time following the operation, meaning it is unlikely he will feature again this term.
There was some better news for the Boro though, as midfielder George Boateng confirmed he is ready to return to first-team action.
The Dutch international has not played since breaking his toe in December, but is confident he will be able to feature at Crystal Palace next weekend.
"I can't believe what sounds like a small injury can keep you out for so long," said Boateng.
"I think I will be ready by then, I just hope there's no reaction.
"I've been out a lot longer than I thought but I felt it would break again if I came back too soon."