Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis has been giving his thoughts to the press ahead of Friday’s night’s clash against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

Pulis addressed the situation surrounding his players returning from international duty, with the majority of his squad joining training only today, just one day before Middlesbrough’s game against Sheffield Wednesday.

“Sheffield Wednesday have had one player away, we’ve had 10” he said at his press conference on Thursday morning.

“This will be our first day back to do work. That’s disappointing, but we have to get on with it. The facts are the facts and we’ve put that forward to the bodies concerned.”

The Boro boss has been very outspoken on his feelings regarding the game being brought forward due to the fixture being selected for television, and he has written a letter addressing this to the EFL.

“We don’t think it’s a fair outcome. In the future, whether it’s Middlesbrough or other clubs, if they’re picking games on a Friday night we just think they should try to pick it more even” he said.

“I’ve put a letter in and I think they understand where we’re coming from. We’ll see.”

Pulis confirmed that all but one of Middlesbrough’s 10 internationals returned to training today, with Denmark forward Martin Braithwaite returning back to England late on Wednesday evening, after their 2-0 win over Austria on Tuesday.

It is unclear whether these players will be ready to return to action in the Championship on Friday evening, with Pulis stating “There are decisions to be made.”


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