Plymouth head coach Paul Mariner may choose to keep faith with a winning line-up when his side play host to Middlesbrough.

Argyle came from behind to boost their survival hopes with a 2-1 victory at Doncaster on Saturday and Mariner is unlikely to make many changes.

Skipper Carl Fletcher will hope to return after missing the clash at the Keepmoat Stadium with a knee injury.

Craig Noone remains doubtful with a knee problem of his own, but Chris Barker returned to the bench at the weekend following a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.

Kari Arnason (hip), Krisztian Timar and Luke Summerfield (both hamstring) look set to remain sidelined with their respective injuries.

Argyle will also be without David McNamee, who is also nursing a hamstring problem, and Richard Eckersley (ankle).

Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan could be without a long list of players.

Andrew Taylor was forced off after 42 minutes of Saturday's 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace.

Strachan admitted that Gary O'Neil and Rhys Williams were also struggling and he may be forced into calling up players from the youth team.

Emanuel Pogatetz's (knee) availability remains unclear, but Jeremie Aliadiere (broken toe), Willo Flood (knee), Seb Hines (ankle and medial ligament), Tony McMahon (stress fracture of the foot) and Matthew Bates (cruciate ligament) are all out.

But there was at least some positive news for Strachan as Scott McDonald made a goalscoring return to action at the weekend following his recovery from a hamstring injury.

Jay O'Shea came off the bench to make his debut against the Eagles and will be pushing for a starting berth.

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