Football - Mowbray set for fitness boost

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray is hoping for a timely fitness boost ahead of Saturday's npower Championship clash with Birmingham.

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Mowbray was without midfielder Grant Leadbitter and forward Sammy Ameobi through injury and Faris Haroun and Josh McEachran because of illness for last weekend's 2-0 defeat at bottom-of-the-table Bristol City.

However, Leadbitter and Ameobi are both being assessed, while Haroun and McEachran are expected to return to the squad.

Full-back George Friend limped out of the game at Ashton Gate with a hamstring injury, but it also being assessed for Saturday.

Full-back Justin Hoyte (hip) and striker Lukas Jutkiewicz (ankle) are back in training, but the game could come too soon for the latter, while defenders Andre Bikey and Stuart Parnaby (both hamstring) are still out and midfielder Julio Arca (toe) is unlikely to play again this season.

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