Leicester City Vs Middlesbrough, Sun 2 May 2010

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Leicester midfielder Richie Wellens should return to availability for the visit of Middlesbrough.

A hamstring injury ruled out Wellens last weekend against Preston, where the Foxes clinched a play-off spot with a 1-0 win at Deepdale.

Manager Nigel Pearson received a further boost this week with the news that captain Matt Oakley and joint-leading scorer Matty Fryatt are expected to be fit to feature in the play-offs.

Oakley has been out for three weeks with an ankle injury but the midfielder has had a pain-killing injection and has been able to train and could even be on the bench against Boro.

Striker Fryatt, who has scored 12 goals this season, has not played since breaking his jaw in a collision with Doncaster captain Brian Stock in early February.

Fellow forward Steve Howard serves the second game of a three-match suspension.

Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan is facing yet another selection headache as injuries threaten to leave him scratching around for a team.

Loan signing Stephen McManus, whose spell on Teesside will come to an end after the game, is rated at only 50-50 with a calf problem, and with David Wheater (ankle) out and Emanuel Pogatetz (knee) doubtful, the manager is short of options in central defence.

Midfielders Julio Arca and Jeremie Aliadiere (both calf) and full-back Andrew Taylor (groin) are also struggling.

Utility man Rhys Williams, who has been playing with a pelvic injury for weeks, will not figure as he attempts to prove his fitness ahead of Australia's World Cup finals campaign.

Willo Flood (knee), Tony McMahon (stress fracture of the foot), Seb Hines (ankle and medial ligament) and Matthew Bates (cruciate ligament) are all making progress, but remain on the sidelines.

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Leicester City
Doncaster Rovers
Andrew Taylor
Brian Stock
Stephen McManus
Tony McMahon
Gordon Strachan
Jeremie Aliadiere
Preston North End
Steve Howard
Emanuel Pogatetz
Matty Fryatt
Seb Hines
Julio Arca
Willo Flood
Matt Oakley
David Wheater
Matthew Bates
Rhys Williams
Matthew Bates
Andrew Taylor

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