Middlesbrough V Bolton at The Riverside Stadium : Match Preview

29 November 2013 11:31
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Given poised for Boro debut

Shay Given is expected to make his Middlesbrough debut in the home game against Bolton.

The Republic of Ireland international arrived from Aston Villa on an emergency loan deal and should start in goal after Jason Steele received a three-match ban following his red card at Leeds last week.

Boro manager Aitor Karanka will check on the fitness of Seb Hines ahead of his first home game in charge after the centre-back failed to recover from a hamstring injury last time out.

Having made a losing start to his career in England at Elland Road, the Spanish boss will be hoping to end a run of three winless games for Boro in the Sky Bet Championship.

Joe Mason could make his Bolton debut after arriving on loan again this week.

The 22-year-old forward should finally get the chance to pull on a Wanderers shirt after originally joining earlier this month only for parent club Cardiff to recall him less than 24 hours later.

Dougie Freedman may be reluctant to alter his starting XI, though, given the visitors are chasing their fourth away win on the spin and the Bolton boss has no new injury or suspension concerns to trouble him.

Goalkeeper Adam Bogdan, defender Joe Riley and midfield pair Mark Davies and Stuart Holden (all knee) miss out again, as does full-back Marc Tierney (foot).

Source: PA

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