Doncaster Rovers Vs Middlesbrough, Tue 26 Jan 2010

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Doncaster manager Sean O'Driscoll has no new injury or suspension problems and could name an unchanged starting line-up for the fourth successive game against Middlesbrough.

Midfield Martin Woods is expected to return to the squad in the near future following a groin injury, but has targeted the clash with Cardiff at the end of the month for his comeback and is not expected back for this week's encounter.

Central defender Adam Lockwood remains sidelined as he recovers from a second successive metatarsal injury, while Lewis Guy, James Hayter, Byron Webster, John Spicer and Sam Hird are all expected to start on the substitutes bench again.

Teenage midfielder Jordan Mutch could also make the squad following his arrival on loan from Birmingham on Monday.

Doncaster have won five and lost only one of their last six league games, but crashed out of the FA Cup to an 88th-minute winner at Derby on Saturday.

Jonathan Grounds is set to return to the heart of Middlesbrough's defence.

Grounds came on as a late substitute in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Swansea after Chris Riggott picked up a hamstring injury.

Manager Gordon Strachan told the club's official website: "It will be a couple of days before we know the extent of Chris' injury but hopefully it's just a strain.

"Groundsy will come back in and hopefully he's ready for the challenge."

Striker Jonathan Franks missed Saturday's game after being taken into hospital with suspected appendicitis, but he was released without an operation and will be available.

Gary O'Neil and Tony McMahon are expected to shake off minor knocks but Isaiah Osbourne is likely to miss out again.

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Doncaster Rovers
Martin Woods
Adam Lockwood
Gary O'Neil
John Spicer
Sam Hird
James Hayter
Tony McMahon
Cardiff City
Jonathan Grounds
Jonathan Franks
Gordon Strachan
Lewis Guy
Derby County
Jordan Mutch
Jonathan Franks
Byron Webster
Isaiah Osbourne
Chris Riggott
FA Cup
Swansea City

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