Bailey poised to make Boro return

27 December 2010 01:00
Nicky Bailey could return to the Middlesbrough squad for Tuesday's trip to bottom of the table Preston. The midfielder missed the 2-1 defeat at Doncaster on December 17 with a groin problem, but was expected to return for the Boxing Day clash with Nottingham Forest before it was postponed. Manager Tony Mowbray otherwise has no fresh fitness concerns as he attempts to guide his side away from the lower reaches of the table. Long-term absentees Stephen McManus (ankle), Jonathan Franks (herniated disc), Willo Flood (knee), Rhys Williams (pelvis) and Matt Kilgallon (back) remain on the sidelines. Boro head into the game level on points with third-bottom Crystal Palace and just two better off than North End.

Source: PA