, Middlesbrough duo ‘a little bit closer’ to injury returns, Carrick confirms

Middlesbrough duo ‘a little bit closer’ to injury returns, Carrick confirms

Middlesbrough head coach Michael Carrick has provided an update to Teesside Live on the fitness of injured duo Jonny Howson and Isaiah Jones.

Middlesbrough will have to go back to the drawing board and will likely need to prepare for another season in the Championship next time out. They currently sit in 14th in the table and are now closer to the relegation zone than the play-offs.

The Teessiders have won just two of their nine league games so far in 2024. Their run of four defeats in their last five games makes them one of the most out of form sides in the division.

A big reason for their lack of form of late has been a number of high profile injuries. Both captain Howson and star winger Jones have missed the last three and six games respectively.

Speaking to Teesside Live, Carrick provided a positive update on the pair ahead of their home game against Norwich City on Wednesday evening.

“We’ve got a bit of better news this week really because both Jonny and Izzy are a little bit closer to being involved. They’re just starting to get in and around the group now and that’s good,” he said.

“They’ve obviously been out for different periods of time so we’ll have to see when the time is right for them to be back involved with the games. Other than that, it’s pretty much the same. Everyone who is out is a little bit closer but not as close as Jonny and Izzy.”

A huge boost for Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough have suffered recently. Their performances and form have been poor and their chances of achieving a place in the play-offs now seem all but over.

To have both Jones and Howson back in contention over the next few weeks and between now and the end of the season will be a huge boost for their chances of finishing strong and putting some important distance between themselves and the bottom three.

The game against Norwich City on Wednesday may come too soon for the pair. Carrick will likely deploy Dan Barlaser and Lewis O’Brien in the middle with Howson absent, and Marcus Forss on the right in Jones’ place.

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