For the first time since March, Chris Wilder is set to manage a match after taking charge of Middlesbrough almost two weeks ago.
The former Sheffield United man was relieved of his duties from the Blades with the Yorkshire side all-but relegated from the Premier League at that point and there were tensions at boardroom level which led to his dismissal.
But after receiving numerous job offers over the last few months, Wilder has settled on being Neil Warnock’s replacement at the Riverside and he enters on the back of a 1-1 draw with third-placed West Brom, which wasn’t a bad place for Warnock to leave the Teessiders.
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Wilder has had nearly two weeks to work with his new squad – apart from the ones that have been on international duty – and he’s had some injury issues to address in that time.
Sammy Ameobi and Darnell Fisher remain long-term absentees but there’s a hope that a few players will be able to shake off knocks ahead of the clash with Millwall this weekend.
Dael Fry is one player who has missed a number of games recently but Wilder has confirmed that the centre-back is making ‘big strides’ to be available, although he did not reveal whether he would be passed fit for the visit of Gary Rowett’s side.
Uche Ikpeazu has also been absent from the previous two Boro matches with a leg injury and returned to training this week along with Marc Bola, whilst Martin Payero was withdrawn against West Brom and Wilder played his cards very close to his chest when it came to revealing who would be fit and who wouldn’t.
“I don’t like to show my hand too much, because nobody shows me their hand,” Wilder told the Northern Echo.
“There are a few injuries and it’s just important we get everybody back healthy.”
When everyone is fully-fit, Middlesbrough have a squad capable of contending for the play-offs.
But as Neil Warnock found out when the injuries rack up it can be a real struggle, but Wilder looks to be getting some key men on the comeback trail ahead of his first test as Boro boss.
The likes of Fry, Bola and Ikpeazu potentially being back tomorrow would be a massive boost as Warnock had to play players out of position in his final weeks in charge of the club.
They will no doubt be out to impress as well as in the lead up to the January transfer window Wilder will want to see who goes along with him for the journey and who doesn’t, so a big showing against the Lions to kick his reign off can be expected.