Carrick cautious following win at Huddersfield Town
Middlesbrough FC manager, Michael Carrick, remains cautious following Boro's victory at Huddersfield Town.
Middlesbrough secured a win against Huddersfield Town on Friday evening, despite injury setbacks, thanks to a late strike from Jonny Howson. After having his penalty saved, Howson scored a crucial goal leading to Boro picking up three points.
Due to an injury, defender Anfernee Dijksteel left the field early in the second half. As Boro are dealing with several defensive absences through injury, Dijksteel's injury adds to the team's defensive concerns.
As a replacement for Dijksteel, who has been limited in playing time because of a hernia issue, Josh Coburn was brought on. Coburn was crucial in putting Middlesbrough ahead, demonstrating his ability to make a difference despite being provided with limited opportunities. Considering Coburn's recent injury, Carrick has been cautious in easing him back into the team.
Speaking to The Northern Echo, Carrick said of Coburn, "He's alright at the minute but we've had to ease him back in, we've had to be careful."
"He's had a lot of football then he picked up the injury so we've had to nurse him back a little bit."
"He could only get through so many minutes really, today was a bit longer, it was the right time and it was a big moment. Morgan (Rogers) again creating and having a big impact in terms of his end product and winning the penalty. And it was a terrific finish from Josh."
"It's a balance to get lads back and keep lads fit because the lads that are fit have played an awful lot of football, a lot of minutes so we have to be careful from that."
"Josh understands it. He totally does. He's been sound, he's been ready for his chance and he took it tonight."
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Carrick will have to carefully manage the fitness and availability of his players during a busy January, including New Year's Day fixture against Coventry City.