Football - Carayol in fitness race

Mustapha Carayol is battling to overcome a slight muscle strain to take his place in the Middlesbrough line-up for their clash with Watford.

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The injury forced the midfielder off against Blackburn last weekend but Boro boss Aitor Karanka later described the problem as "nothing serious".

Striker Lee Tomlin completes his three-match ban for a red card in his final appearance for Peterborough and must continue to wait for his Middlesbrough debut, which cannot come soon enough for a side that have failed to score in their last four outings.

New loan signing Tomas Mejias Osorio is unlikely to dislodge Shay Given in goal, although he could get his opportunity when the Republic of Ireland international returns to Aston Villa at the end of the month.

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