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Key man returns: The Middlesbrough XI we expect Jonathan Woodgate to pick vs Nottingham Forest

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Middlesbrough face a difficult trip to the midlands as they take on Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night.

It’s been a disappointing first half of the season for Jonathan Woodgate’s side, but seven points from their four games has given the team a bit of a confidence boost.

The latest result was a 1-0 victory over Charlton Athletic at the weekend, and several players will be hoping that their strong performances in that game will see them secure a spot in the starting XI at the City Ground on Tuesday.

Of course a number of injuries will once again mean it’s slim-picking for Jonathan Woodgate, so who will start against Forest?

We take a look at the team that could be picked.

Darren Randolph’s injury means that Aynsley Pears will continue in goal.

The young stopper has taken to Championship football like a duck to water and will be looking to continue that form against Forest.

Daniel Ayala, Dael Fry and Jonny Howson are likely to continue in central defence, while the wing-back slots should be taken by two of Middlesbrough’s best performers against Charlton.

Hayden Coulson and Djed Spence were hugely impressive in both defence and attack against the Addicks, and if they’re fit they’re bound to be handed another start based on their performances.

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Paddy McNair is expected to return from suspension, and he will most likely replace Adam Clayton who appears to be out of favour under Jonathan Woodgate.

McNair should join Marcus Tavernier and George Saville in midfield, with Lewis Wing unlikely to feature.

Britt Assombalonga appears likely to miss out against Nottingham Forest after picking up a knock against Charlton, meaning that options are limited in attack.

That means that Ashley Fletcher could be joined by Stephen Walker in attack, with the returning Rudy Gestede potentially taking a seat on the bench after recovering from a hamstring injury.


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