Strachan Checks Out The Walking Wounded

Last updated : 25 January 2010 By Boro Mad

However, Jonathan Grounds is set to return to the heart of Middlesbrough's defence.

Grounds came on as a late substitute in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Swansea after Chris Riggott picked up a hamstring injury.

Striker Jonathan Franks missed Saturday's game after being taken into hospital with suspected appendicitis, but he was released without an operation and will be available.

Gary O'Neil and Tony McMahon are expected to shake off minor knocks but Isaiah Osbourne is likely to miss out again.