Middlesbrough are sweating on the fitness of Britt Assombalonga ahead of tomorrow night’s meeting with Bristol City.
Neil Warnock was forced to pull Assombalonga off at half-time on Saturday as his side drew 0-0 with Reading. The captain was suffering with stiffness and is now a major doubt as Boro look to pick up another positive result on their travels tomorrow.
It’s been revealed that Assombalonga will be given as much time as possible to prove his fitness ahead of the game against Bristol City.
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Discussing the injury to his skipper, Warnock told Teesside Live: “Britt is still a little bit sore, but we’ll see how he is today.
“We’re going down to Bristol today and then we’ll have a session in the morning, but we’ll leave it until the last minute really.”
Warnock is already without the service of Ashley Fletcher due to injury, which has piled pressure onto Assombalonga and fellow striker, Chuba Akpom.
Boro have taken six points from the opening five games of the season, putting together a four-game unbeaten run since losing out to Watford on the opening day of the season. However, they have been quite toothless in attack and have scored only four goals.
Assombalonga is yet to score a goal this season.
Warnock is, naturally, going to be a little bit concerned over his skipper’s fitness.
He might not have scored yet this season, but he’s a hugely important player for Boro and his role as captain underlines that.
With Fletcher also out, Warnock needs to give Assombalonga time to recover. If he’s going into a tough fixture with Bristol City and Akpom is his only striker option, it’s a little bit worrying.
For my money, I think we will see Assombalonga involved in some form just because of that lack of depth.
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