Patrick Bamford is available for selection for the up and coming make-or-break fixture against Derby County. The former-Chelsea striker had to be stretchered off in the win against Bristol City on Saturday.

Middlesbrough ran out 2-1 winners on Saturday after coming from behind against a lacklustre Bristol City side. But the result was somewhat dampened by an injury sustained by Patrick Bamford.

The forward clashed with Bristol centre-back Aden Flint and landed heavily faced down. Bamford had to be given oxygen and left the field on a stretcher just 30 minutes into the game. After the collision, Bamford looked to be out cold, and play had to be stopped for 11 minutes before Britt Assombalonga came on to replace him.

Bamford was taken to hospital as a precaution, but has since recovered and is ready to give his all between now and the end of the season.

He tweeted: “Great win today from the boys. Thanks for all the support and kind messages, I’m back home recovering, concentrating on getting ready for the next big match enjoy your weekend! #utb #boro”

But Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis wasn’t so supportive, joking that he had been teasing the striker saying he was ‘being soft’, but stated that ‘thankfully, he looks fine’.

Bamford has been in fine form since Tony Pulis gave him his chance as a central striker, and both parties will be hoping this doesn’t spell the end for the forward this season.

The result leaves Middlesbrough in 5th place with three games left to play. But their fixture list favours the other teams around them, as they have to travel to Derby next weekend, before a difficult home tie against Millwall, and then to Ipswich Town on the final day.

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