Football - Leadbitter back from ban

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka will welcome Grant Leadbitter back from suspension for Saturday's Sky Bet Championship trip to Birmingham.

PA Sport Report

The midfielder missed Wednesday night's defeat at Derby after reaching five bookings for the campaign last weekend, but will be available once again at St Andrews.

However, striker Curtis Main will sit out after being sent off for two bookable offences at Pride Park, and he will join keeper Jason Steele on the sidelines as he completes his three-match ban.

Frontman Lukas Jutkiewicz was also missing for the Derby game after suffering a knock in training, but he is expected to be available. But defenders Jonathan Woodgate (back) and Stuart Parnaby (knee) are being assessed and full-back George Friend (knee) could be sidelined for two weeks.

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