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Mowbray to name strong side for Bordeaux game
WITH a transfer breakthrough remaining difficult to achieve, Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray will use this afternoon’s final pre-season friendly with Bordeaux to test as many of the players who are likely to start next weekend’s Championship opener with Leicester as possible.
Despite another week of intensive discussions, Boro are still no closer to adding to Dean Whitehead and Jozsef Varga, the only two players to have signed for the club this summer.
Their pursuit of Chile international Eduardo Vargas is effectively at an end, and while there is still a chance of resurrecting a deal for Portuguese attacking midfielder Vitor, they would have to significantly increase the sums that are currently on the table.
As a result, there is every chance that Boro will be kicking off the season with the same group of players currently on their books, meaning today’s game offers a final opportunity to fine tune tactics and personnel.
“We’ll play as strong a team as we’ve got,” said Mowbray. “I need to see how the players are gelling as a unit.”
George Friend is likely to be involved at some stage as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury sustained during this month’s trip to Portugal, but Justin Hoyte has been given a brief period of leave after returning from international duty with Trinidad & Tobago at the Concacaf Gold Cup.
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