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Sky Bet Championship: Middlesbrough v Watford team news

Middlesbrough will be without midfielder Grant Leadbitter as they attempt to return to winning ways against high-flying Watford on Saturday.

The former Sunderland and Ipswich man will be missing through suspension after picking up his fifth booking of the campaign during Tuesday night's 2-0 Sky Bet Championship defeat at Wolves.

That was Boro's first defeat in eight league outings, but they remain in third place in the table, just two points shy of this weekend's visitors to the Riverside Stadium, who are second.

Manager Aitor Karanka has a concern over midfielder Adam Clayton, who missed the trip to Molineux after taking a blow in the face at Brighton last weekend, and his condition is being monitored. Jonathan Woodgate (thigh), Damia Abella, Muzzy Carayol (both knee) and Rhys Williams (Achilles) remain on the long-term casualty list.

Watford will be without Almen Abdi after the midfielder suffered a shoulder injury during their midweek draw with Nottingham Forest.

Defender Sebastien Bassong was also forced off late on in the game and his calf injury will be assessed ahead of kick-off.

There is better news in the shape of returns for Craig Cathcart, Keith Andrews (both calf) and Lewis McGugan, who missed out on Tuesday with a back problem.

But defensive duo Gabriel Tamas (knee) and Gabriele Angella (ankle) are still in the treatment room.


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  • Sky Bet Championship: Middlesbrough v Watford team news


  • Middlesbrough will be without midfielder Grant Leadbitter as they attempt to return to winning ways against high-flying Watford on Saturday.

  • Williams makes Scunthorpe switch


  • Scunthorpe United have signed Middlesbrough forward Luke Williams on loan for a month.

  • Sky Bet Championship: George Friend says Middlesbrough can challenge for promotion


  • Defender George Friend sees no reason why Middlesbrough should not target automatic promotion to the Premier League.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Aitor Karanka admits he chose wrong Middlesbrough team at Wolves


  • Aitor Karanka has vowed to address the mistakes he made after seeing Middlesbrough's seven-game unbeaten Sky Bet Championship run come to an end.

  • Regional Rumours in the Press: Reid Hammer blow


  • Arsenal & Liverpool have suffered a blow in the race for Winston Reid, Manolo Gabbiadini may join Spurs & Nottingham Forest want Jack Grealish.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Wolves end Middlesbrough's seven-game unbeaten run


  • Wolves powered into the Sky Bet Championship play-off spots with a comfortable 2-0 win over Middlesbrough at Molineux on Tuesday evening.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Boss Kenny Jackett hails Wolves strikers after 2-0 win over Middlesbrough


  • Head coach Kenny Jackett has warned Wolves' promotion rivals that his strike duo will be hard to stop if his side click.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Lee Tomlin and Albert Adomah on target as Middlesbrough win at Brighton


  • Middlesbrough stretched their unbeaten league run to seven games with goals in each half from Lee Tomlin and Albert Adomah giving them a 2-1 victory over Brighton at the Amex Stadium.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Sami Hyypia hopes to revive Brighton


  • Brighton boss Sami Hyypia spoke of his desire to revive the Seagulls' fortunes after Middlesbrough stretched Albion's winless league run to eight games by beating them 2-1 at the Amex Stadium.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Middlesbrough boss to use Milos Veljkovic's versatility


  • Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka wants new signing Milos Veljkovic to be his utility man.

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