The latest from Middlesbrough ahead of our pre-season friendly with the ‘Teessiders’ on Saturday.Doncaster Rovers continue to preview each of their pre-season opponents after Tuesday night's 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest.
Aitor Karanka’s gallant play-off final runners up will be hoping to shake off any potential hangover from losing to Norwich City at Wembley in May.
The Spaniard, so close but yet so far, to reaching the Premier League has done little to alter the make up of his squad but will have to overcome the disappointment of the injury suffered by new signing Alex Baptiste.
The versatile defender arrived from Blackburn Rovers and within 20 minutes of his debut against York City had suffered a double leg fracture.
Boro missed out on striker Jelle Vossen to Burnley despite the Dutchman spending time on Teesside last term.
Emanuel Ledesma departed for Rotherham United but could be replaced by a former favourite in Stewart Downing in what would be a sensational return to his native north east.
Reports linking the Riverside club with a £5M move for Downing, who has won 35 England caps, are yet to come to fruition.
Rovers fans are reminded that the game will provide a testimonial to club stalwart James Coppinger.
Tickets for the game against Middlesbrough are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for concessions and can be bought HERE or by calling 01302 762576.