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26-y/o out: The Middlesbrough XI that Jonathan Woodgate could name vs QPR this weekend

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Middlesbrough will be hoping to get back to winning ways as they travel to West London to face Queens Park Rangers this weekend. 

Jonathan Woodgate’s side are on a run of eight games without a win as they head to Loftus Road to take on Mark Warburton’s side.

The latest defeat came at the hands of Derby County who came away with a 2-0 win in the game that saw George Saville sent off in the first half.

With a three-game suspension looming, the Teessiders could be without as many as nine first team players, meaning that Woodgate’s selection options are somewhat limited.

With that in mind, here’s the team that we think the Middlesbrough boss should select against QPR.

While Woodgate’s side are particularly short of numbers, Middlesbrough could be ready for a surprising return for Darren Randolph.

The first choice goalkeeper has been missing in recent weeks with a thigh injury, but surprised supporters when he was called up to the Republic Of Ireland international squad for their upcoming games.

That means that Randolph could be included between the sticks at Loftus Road.

Woodgate is likely to persevere with a 5-3-2 formation, meaning that Paddy McNair could remain in central defence alongside Daniel Ayala and Dael Fry.

George Saville’s suspension means that things could be reshuffled in midfield, with Jonny Howson and Adam Clayton returning in the centre of the park alongside Lewis Wing.

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That means that Anfernee Dijksteel could slot in at right wing-back, while the returning Hayden Coulson could be handed a start on the left.

Marcus Browne started in attack against Derby County, but picked up an injury during the U23 clash with Man United midweek.

That means that it could fall to Marcus Tavernier to play in a more advanced role as he supports Middlesbrough’s only fit senior striker, Britt Assombalonga.

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