Bristol City V Middlesbrough at Ashton Gate : Match Preview

08 March 2013 11:01
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Carey back for Robins

Bristol City will be boosted by the return of experienced defender Louis Carey as they look to extend their Ashton Gate unbeaten run to six games against Middlesbrough.

The 36-year-old has returned to training with the first team after recovering from a knee injury to boost head coach Sean O'Driscoll's options against Tony Mowbray`s men.

Defender Richard Foster (Achilles) and Ryan Taylor (shoulder) will miss out once more in the club's last home game until April.

Captain Cole Skuse marked his return to action with a commanding performance against Brighton on Tuesday night and is likely to retain his place in the City midfield.

The Robins, who have drawn their last matches 0-0, are rock-bottom of the npower Championship but remain just three points from safety having gone three games unbeaten.

Kieron Dyer could return to the Middlesbrough side for the trip.

The 34-year-old midfielder missed Tuesday night's 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield when he was rested after scoring his first league goal in almost six years in the 2-1 victory over leaders Cardiff at the weekend.

Manager Tony Mowbray will hope central defender Jonathan Woodgate can join his former Newcastle team-mate as he continues his recovery from a calf problem which has sidelined him for the last six games.

However, there is little other positive news for Mowbray as he attempts to address a run of eight league defeats in 11 games which has left the Teessiders' promotion hopes hanging in the balance.

Andre Bikey is out with a hamstring injury and joins fellow defenders Stuart Parnaby (also hamstring) and Justin (Hoyte (hip) in the treatment room, while midfielder Julio Arca, who is unlikely to play again this season because of a toe problem, and striker Lukas Jutkiewicz (ankle) are still out.

Source: PA

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