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Middlesbrough team news ahead of West Brom clash: Dael Fry update, new signing in contention + more

Middlesbrough begin their 2022/23 Championship season this weekend when they face off against West Brom.

Middlesbrough get their first full season under Chris Wilder underway this weekend, and they will be hoping to improve on last season’s 7th placed finish and break into the division’s top six.

West Brom are expected to compete with the Teessiders in the push for the play-offs and so this weekend’s clash could prove a test for both sides.

Zack Steffen, Liam Roberts, Darragh Lenihan, Ryan Giles and Marcus Forss have arrived, bolstering all areas of the pitch. But what’s the latest team news coming out of the Riverside?

Middlesbrough team news…

Centre-back Paddy McNair is suspended for the opening game after picking up a red card in the final game of last season. He will serve a one-match suspension and will miss out against West Brom. He is also carrying a slight knock, but he should be fit to return against QPR in their next league outing.

Dael Fry missed their final pre-season friendly against Marseille and so there were doubts going into this weekend’s season-opener. However, Wilder stated in his post-match interview that it was precautionary and that he will be back in contention to face the Baggies.

“That was precaution. I think if this was the weekend and this was West Brom at home he would’ve played, but there is no good risking Dael tonight. He’ll be back training Monday.”

Elsewhere, Darnell Fisher is a long-term absentee and will not feature as he continues his recovery.

New signing Forss is available for selection and is likely to feature. However, he did not play a minute in pre-season for Brentford prior to making the switch and so may be introduced later in the game.

For the Boro boss then, he looks to have a close-to fully-fit squad for the game on Saturday evening.

It promises to be an end-to-end affair with chances coming the way of either side, and Middlesbrough fans will be hoping to see the likes of Steffen, Lenihan, Giles and Forss in action.

Kick-off is at 5:30pm and is to be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

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