Desperate times call for desperate measures for Middlesbrough. With nine first team players out for this weekend, they have needed to recall a youngster from loan.

Middlesbrough will be without Ashley Fletcher, Rudy Gestede, Marcus Browne, Darren Randolph, Aynsley Pears, Ryan Shotton, George Friend, George Saville and Ben Liddle for the trip to QPR on Saturday.

This means that up front Britt Assombalonga and 19-year old Stephen Walker are the only strikers at Head Coach Jonathan Woodgate’s disposal.

Boro have been forced to take action to help solve their injury crisis, and have recalled striker Tyrone O’Neill from his loan spell at National League North side Darlington. The news was confirmed on Darlington’s official website.

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“I’m delighted for the lad” said Darlington manager Alun Armstrong. “Hopefully he gets the opportunity to show how much he’s come on while he’s been with us.”

Woodgate was also complimentary of the 20-year old, who managed to score seven goals in his loan spell in the sixth-tier.

Speaking to Teesside Live, the Boro boss gave an indication that O’Neill would be playing a part in the first team off the back of the successful stint with Armstrong’s side.

“He’s a young lad and it’s an opportunity for him” he said.

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“He’s done well at Darlington. He’s played a lot of football and scored a few goals so it’ll be good to have him back.”

Most likely O’Neill will be a substitute against Queens Park Rangers this weekend, with Assombalonga and Walker ahead of him in the pecking order.


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