Struggles continue for Huth

18 October 2007 01:18
Middlesbrough's injury-plagued centre-back Robert Huth is still some way off a first-team return, as he continues his recovery from an ankle problem. The 23-year-old Germany international went under the knife in the summer to try and correct the problem, having made just 14 appearances for Boro since his £6million switch from Chelsea in the summer of 2006. Manager Gareth Southgate confirmed: "Robert has just returned to running. "We are taking it week by week because it is important to get him right." Huth's fellow stopper, Emanuel Pogatetz, has also returned to the training field with Boro, but there is no date for a comeback as yet. "Manny has returned to training ahead of schedule," Southgate added. "But we are not putting any timescale on when he might be back playing again, we need to see how he reacts following his rehabilitation first." Meanwhile, Southgate has also been boosted by the return to training of striker Mido, who has been absent recently with a hamstring strain. "He has trained this week and provided there is no reaction he should be ready for the weekend," Southgate concluded.

Source: ESA