Szilard Nemeth (hamstring) and Fabio Rochemback (calf) both have niggles that will keep them out for a couple of weeks, while George Boateng (ankle) could be out of action until the middle of February.
Franck Queudrue missed Mondays derby against Newcastle with a knee injury that he picked up late in the game against Manchester City. He will see a specialist soon, but could be out for upto eight weeks. Boro have recalled Andrew Taylor from Bradford as cover.
Yakubu played with a slight hip injury at Newcastle but has come through OK, however Chris Riggott broke his nose and received a dead leg in the game and is a doubt for Saturdays trip to Nuneaton.
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