Expect today's game to be a battle of the walking wounded, however, with Blackburn ravaged by injury problems of their own. Kevin Davies is hoping to make an unexpected return after a month out with a throat abscess. Roy Hodgson, the Blackburn manager, admits he would have preferred to have given Davies more time to recover but Rovers' record signing will play because of the desperate situation at Ewood Park. If Davies starts the game, he could be partnered by Jason Wilcox.
MIDDLESBROUGH (from): Beresford, Fleming, Gordon, Festa, Vickers, Cooper, Summerbell, Townsend, Mustoe, Ricard, Beck, Deane, Campbell, Kinder, Stamp, Stockdale.
BLACKBURN ROVERS (from): Flowers, Davidson, Sherwood, Peacock, Henchoz, Flitcroft, Wilcox, Duff, Kenna, Johnson, Croft, Fettis, Davies, Dunn, Taylor, Worrell.
Injuries: Middlesbrough: Schwarzer, Gascoigne, Pallister, Maddison. Blackburn Rovers: Gallacher, Dailly, Filan, McKinlay.
Suspensions: Middlesbrough: None. Blackburn Rovers: None.Reuse content