While Adam Flint and Ryan Shotton both returned to training this week, Tony Pulis wasn’t confident as to when the duo will return to action for Boro.
However, while Flint and Shotton are ruled out of the game, Tony Pulis is hopeful new Boro signing Rajiv van la Parra will make his Championship debut against Millwall today.
“Flint and Shotts came in and trained for the first time on Thursday, whether they will be fit we will have to wait and see,” he said.
“It gives us that strength in depth that you need at this level. Fingers crossed that will be the back of all our injuries between now and the end of the season.”
Consequently, with no fresh injury concerns for the Middlesbrough boss, he faces a decision as to whether to start with the same team that won at St. Andrew’s last week or make some changes.
One player who stood out last week was George Saville and he will be hoping to see his name on the team sheet as Boro take on his former side.
Pulis said “Saville has done better over the last few weeks. It takes time to settle for some. George has taken a bit of time, he is a great kid. He has integrated more with the group, he feels at home and that helps. He trains the way he plays.”
In Millwall, Boro faces a side that is battling with relegation fears this season and is coming into this game having lost their last fixture at home to Blackburn.
“Millwall are Millwall, they have a very good manager and assistant who are steeped in tradition at the club,” said Pulis.
“They are the right people to manage Millwall. The chairman has been very good for them. It is a surprise that they haven’t done as well as they can do but there’s a long way to go for them to improve. It would be no surprise if they go through the second half better.”
Though Boro finished 2018 on a low, they have enjoyed a fine start to the New Year, having collected 4 points from demanding away games against Derby and Birmingham in the Championship, while also defeating Peterborough in the FA Cup.