Huddersfield V Middlesbrough at John Smith's Stadium : Match Preview

04 March 2013 08:01
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Suspended Vaughan misses out

Huddersfield will be without suspended striker James Vaughan for their home clash with Middlesbrough.

Vaughan received his 10th booking of the season in Saturday's 4-1 defeat at Brighton and will sit out the first of a two-match ban.

Lee Novak and Alan Lee will be vying for a place up front as Jermaine Beckford remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Manager Mark Robins could also be without defender Anthony Gerrard, who was forced off in the closing stages at the weekend with a recurrence of his on-going Achilles problem.

Joel Lynch replaced Gerrard and could continue if he misses out again, but Murray Wallace will also come into contention.

Right-back Calum Woods will return to the squad after missing out against Brighton with a hamstring strain.

Huddersfield, five points above the relegation zone, have won only one of their last six league matches.

Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray could name an unchanged side.

Boro clinched only their second league win of the year against runaway leaders Cardiff on Saturday to get their play-off challenge back on track and Mowbray has no new injury or suspension worries.

Striker Sammy Ameobi, on loan from Newcastle, scored on his debut and is expected to start again alongside Scott McDonald, while Kieron Dyer scored his first goal in six years on Saturday after returning to the starting line-up.

Fellow midfielder Josh McEachran also impressed after missing last week's FA Cup defeat to Chelsea.

Centre-halves Andre Bikey (hamstring) and Jonathan Woodgate (calf) remain doubtful, while striker Lukas Jutkiewicz (ankle), defenders Stuart Parnaby (hamstring) and Justin Hoyte (hip) and midfielder Julio Arca (toe) remain sidelined.

Source: PA