Boro v Guimaraes Team Details

Boro v Guimaraes Team Details

Middlesbrough FC face Guimaraes tonight in the Algarve Challenge Cup, kick off at 7:15pm.

Downing is set to miss out the game after failing to overcome a thigh strain suffered in training on Monday.

Lee Cattermole will also miss the game, ahead of his proposed move to Wigan Athletic FC.

Joe Bennett and Jonathan Franks have flown out to Portugal to meet up with the squad ahead of tonights game.

Brad Jones and Ross Turnbull are likely to play 45 minutes each, as they battle it out for the number on shirt.

Southgate is set to field 2 seperate teams for each half, as he has done in the friendlies against Celtic FC and York City FC.

Ahead of the game, Gareth Southgate said “We’ve had a couple of lads pull out."

“There are a couple of injury doubts so we’ve brought Jonathan and Joe out here."

“We called them before the Celtic game because we didn’t want to be short for tonight’s match."

“We don’t think Stewart will play a part tonight and we’ve agreed a fee with Wigan for Lee Cattermole, so he won’t be involved in the game either."

"We’ve had one or two reactions from the game on Tuesday, and we want to make sure we’re covered for numbers."

“We’ve trained hard and we’re using the two games as part of our training schedule, and we don’t want to pick up any injuries."

“I was really pleased with the performance against Celtic, there were some encouraging signs and we want to finish the tour on a high note.”

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