Middlesbrough currently have seven players out injured or suspended, and have had to rely on teenagers to populate their substitutes bench in recent weeks.

Middlesbrough ended the game against Leeds with 20-year old Tyrone O’Neill and 19-year old Stephen Walker as their strikers, and Head Coach Jonathan Woodgate may need to recall another.

According to Teesside Live, the Boro boss is considering bringing Mitchell Curry back to The Riverside to help out with their injury crisis. The forward is currently on loan in Scotland with Inverness Caledonian Thistle, but the Teessiders do have a recall option if needed.

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The report states that main striker Britt Assombalonga remains a doubt for their game against Charlton Athletic at the weekend, and that their number nine played through an ankle injury at Leeds on Saturday.

This means Ashley Fletcher is the only recognised first team striker fit at the club, with Rudy Gestede currently out injured. O’Neill and Walker are Woodgate’s only other options, and Curry could provide more cover in this position.

When asked if the Middlesbrough Head Coach would recall Curry from his loan in Scotland, Woodgate replied: “I’ll have to see. He needs games because he’s been injured quite often and I said this to him.

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“He’s a good lad but he needs games and he needs to play and there’s no point in Mitch coming back when he needs a full season. He needs to come out of this environment, he had a couple of knee injuries – ankles.

“Mitch is one of those players who scored a lot of goals when he was in the Under-18s. It’s important he gets a season under his belt.”


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