New Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray has already revealed his starting 11 to his new squad, and it seems as though two of his key players will miss the visit of Bristol City to the Riverside.
Both Julio Arca and Gary O'Neil are doubtful but could play some part if they can prove their fitness before the game.
Yet Kevin Thompson, who suffered damage to his already fractured fibula last weekend, and Justin Hoyte are available for selection and could be involved in the ex-Celtic manager's first game in charge.
Mowbray told the club's website: "I've already decided on the starting line-up and the players were told at the start of training on Friday."
Barry Robson returns from suspension in time for the clash and Mowbray is delighted to have him available, adding: "It's a big boost as I'm sure he's been missed over the last three games."
Midfielders Cole Skuse and Jamal Campbell-Ryce are doubts for Bristol City.
Skuse has missed the last two matches with a heel problem, while Campbell-Ryce failed a fitness test on a hamstring injury ahead of the home draw against QPR last Friday.
"We are letting them work with the medical team. We will see if they are available on Friday," City boss Keith Millen told the club`s official website.
Defender Christian Ribeiro is a definite absentee with the groin/hip problem he suffered in training towards the end of last week.
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