There has been much discussion between the two clubs this week and the date of Tuesday February 16 has been agreed, with a 7.45pm kick-off.

The date could change again, but it would take a specific set of results in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup.

If Boro and Blackburn both lose in the third round and Fulham and MK Dons are still in, then Blackburn v Boro would be moved to Saturday January 30, the day of the fourth round of the FA Cup. It is also a day when there are a full set of league fixtures, hence the need for MK Dons (home to Boro) and Fulham (away to Blackburn) to still be in the cup.