Boro cool over Downing stay

23 May 2009 12:17
Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate has admitted that injury could lead to winger Stewart Downing remaining with the club even if they are relegated. The 24-year-old England international will miss the crunch clash with West Ham United this weekend, as well as his country's World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Andorra due to a foot injury. The problem has yet to be fully diagnosed, but summer surgery could mean that Downing misses out on a move away from the Riverside for the time being. Southgate said: "If he is here, it probably means he won't be available for the early part of the season anyway, so it is a bit of a double-edged sword. "I guess we have just got to see how things progress. "Even after the operation, a player who is highly motivated like Stewart and has a real desire to get back as quickly as possible will always get back quicker than players of a different mentality."

Source: ESA

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