Middlesbrough are set to assess the conditions of returning international trio Paddy McNair, James Lea Siliki and Andraz Sporar ahead of Boro’s clash with Peterborough United on Saturday, according to Teesside Live.
Neil Warnock’s side are currently enduring something of a major injury crisis at the moment. That means that even if the trio all return to action they are going to be left with potentially just 15 fit and available players for the game against Peterborough.
The trio had mixed success during the international break, Sporar was part of Slovenia’s squad for their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Russia. The forward managed to register a goal in their 4-0 win against Malta and an assist in their 2-1 loss against Russia.
McNair played in both of Northern Ireland’s games against Switzerland and Bulgaria, but their results in those two fixtures have now all but ended his nation’s hopes of reaching the next World Cup.
Lea Siliki, meanwhile, managed to play 64 minutes across two games for Cameroon, with him not playing as much football to gain match sharpness as perhaps Boro would have hoped for.
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According to Teesside Live, Middlesbrough are now set to assess the conditions of the trio ahead of their clash with Peterborough this weekend. It is expected that unless any major issues have occurred they will be involved in some way on Saturday.
At the moment, Warnock simply can not do without players like McNail, Lea Siliki and Sporar considering the number of other injury issues that Middlesbrough are having to contend with at the moment.
It seems that all three of those players were able to get through the international break without suffering any major injury issues and, therefore, the expectation has to be that they will be at least in the squad for the game against Peterborough.
Having Sporar and McNair in the side from the start though would be important for Middlesbrough because they are under pressure to start putting a more positive run of results together after what has been a difficult start to the season.