Championship - Woodgate could return for Boro

Defender Jonathan Woodgate could return to action for new Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka's first game in charge at Leeds.

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Championship - Woodgate could return for Boro
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Jonathan Woodgate, Middlesbrough (PA Photos)

Woodgate, who made his name at Elland Road, missed the 2-2 home draw against Watford last time out with a groin problem, but is winning his battle for fitness.

Fellow defender Seb Hines is being assessed ahead of the short trip to West Yorkshire. Hines damaged a hamstring in the Watford game and Karanka will make a late decision on him.

Boro currently lie in 16th place in the Championship table, eight points adrift of the play-off places having won just two of their last 13 league games, a record which ultimately cost Karanka's predecessor Tony Mowbray his job.

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