Middlesbrough forward Rudy Gestede has been Tony Pulis’ starting striker in pre-season so far, but an injury sustained in last week’s loss to Accrington Stanley means the Benin international could miss the start of the season in a couple of weeks time.

Gestede had started the game as the central striker against Accrington Stanley, and had to come off mid-way through the first half with an ankle injury.

The former-Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers man had jumped for a header and landed awkwardly on his ankle in the eighth minute. Gestede played on until the 24th minute but couldn’t continue and was replaced by Britt Assombalonga.

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis explained the situation in an interview which appeared in The Evening Gazette. He said, “Rudy has landed twice when he has gone down and he has hurt his right ankle and then his left one.”

Gestede missed months of the season last time out due to an ankle injury. However, it is believed it is not a repeat injury, and is not related to his previous problem.

The severity has not yet been clarified, but it is believed that the Benin international may miss the season opener against Millwall at The Den in a couple of weeks time. After Gestede’s run in the team in pre-season, he may have hoped he would be Tony Pulis’ first choice for the Championship in the coming campaign.

But this injury may just be another setback in Gestede’s Middlesbrough career, which has been stop-start since he arrived from Aston Villa in January 2017.

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