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Championship: Wigan v Middlesbrough team news

Malky Mackay will get the chance to concentrate on football matters when he takes charge of Wigan for the first time against Middlesbrough at the DW Stadium.

The Scot is controversially back in football just three months after the FA launched an investigation, which is still ongoing, into text messages which he admitted were "disrespectful of other cultures".

He will hope to call on both Latics skipper Emmerson Boyce (ankle) and striker Andy Delort (back), who were back in training over the international break, but Ivan Ramis (hamstring) remains doubtful.

After only meeting the Wigan squad for the first time on Thursday, Mackay may call on familiar figures such as former Cardiff players Andrew Taylor and Don Cowie.

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has a minor concern over defender Ben Gibson ahead of the trip. Gibson damaged an ankle on international duty with England's Under-21s in France on Monday evening but is expected to be fit for the weekend.

Fellow central defender Kenneth Omeruo was part of the Nigeria squad which drew 2-2 with South Africa in Uyo on Wednesday to miss out on the African Cup of Nations finals, and his participation or otherwise will depend on when he returns to Teesside.

Full-backs George Friend and Ryan Fredericks head into the game still on four bookings for the season with the deadline for avoiding a ban for five fast approaching.

However, defenders Jonathan Woodgate (thigh), Damia Abella (knee) and Rhys Williams (Achilles) and midfielder Muzzy Carayol (cruciate ligament) are still out.


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  • Championship: Wigan v Middlesbrough team news


  • Malky Mackay will get the chance to concentrate on football matters when he takes charge of Wigan for the first time against Middlesbrough at the DW Stadium.

  • Morris makes Burton move


  • Burton have completed the signing of Bryn Morris from Middlesbrough on a one-month loan deal.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Middlesbrough's Lee Tomlin trusts Aitor Karanka's rotation policy


  • Lee Tomlin has admitted he and his Middlesbrough team-mates have no complaints over boss Aitor Karanka's rotation policy.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Gibson doubtful after suffering injury for England U21s


  • Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson is doubtful for Saturday's league game at Wigan after sustaining an ankle injury in England Under-21s defeat to France.

  • York sign Halliday on loan


  • York have signed right-back Bradley Halliday on a month's loan from Championship Middlesbrough.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Middlesbrough winger Albert Adomah signs contract extension


  • Middlesbrough winger Albert Adomah has signed a contract extension until the end of the 2016-17 season.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Middlesbrough and Bournemouth share 0-0 draw


  • Middlesbrough and Bournemouth's top-of-the-table clash proved a damp squib as they played out a 0-0 draw in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.

  • Championship: Eddie Howe insists Bournemouth won't rest on their laurels


  • Eddie Howe insisted second-placed Bournemouth will not rest on their laurels after continuing their fine start to the campaign with a goalless draw in the top-of-the-table Sky Bet Championship match at Middlesbrough.

  • Championship: Middlesbrough hope to extend Patrick Bamford loan stay


  • Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka is hopeful of extending Patrick Bamford's loan stay beyond January.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Middlesbrough continue title charge with Norwich win


  • Two goals in each half helped Middlesbrough cruise to a comfortable 4-0 win over Norwich in the Sky Bet Championship.

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