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All the latest Middlesbrough team news ahead of Barnsley clash tomorrow



Middlesbrough will be looking for their first win of the season when they take on Barnsley at the Riverside Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

Neil Warnock’s side were beaten by Watford on opening night, but they’ve responded well.

Back-to-back 1-1 draws with AFC Bournemouth and Queens Park Rangers have followed, with the Teessiders looking ready to finally get going and put their first win on the board.

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Warnock is back in the dugout after a brief period of isolation, with Barnsley in town and looking to clock up their first win too.

We run you through the key Boro team news…

Ashley Fletcher


As per Warnock’s press conference (Hartlepool Mail), Fletcher is looking back in contention.

The striker picked up a problem in the draw with Bournemouth and was forced to sit out of the clash with QPR last time out.

Chuba Akpom stepped in to replace him and scored, but Fletcher is back this weekend and in contention to play a part.

Grant Hall


One man that misses out is Grant Hall.

Hall tore a calf muscle in last weekend’s draw with the R’s and Warnock has been unable to put a timescale on when his summer signing will return.

It’s a blow for Boro and means a reshuffle in the heart of the back-three is required.

Dael Fry replaced Hall last week.

Striker dilemma


Fletcher’s return and Akpom’s arrival a couple of weeks ago means that Boro have a dilemma up-front.

Britt Assombalonga is Warnock’s skipper and likely to start, but who partners him is up for debate.

Akpom scored and looked sharp last weekend, but Fletcher’s return provides the boss with a headache. Fletcher was his go-to man in pre-season and could come straight back in.

Other options  

Sam Morsy stepped off the bench last weekend and could be another option to come into the midfield should Warnock see fit.

The former Wigan skipper is awaiting his full league debut for Boro.

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