Fabio da Silva says he is enjoying his second chance in the Premier League and his second chance with Boro. 

The Brazilian full-back made his Premier League debut with the club as The Teessiders played Chelsea at the Riverside Stadium, and has since featured in the games against Leicester City and Hull City.

Having limped off just minutes after providing a superb assist to David Nugent on his Boro debut, against Fulham in August, the 26-year-old says he's making the most of another opportunity to impress at his new club.

"It was a good way to go off!" he said.

"But it's hard to get an injury just ten minutes into your first game, where you want to show everything.

"I have recovered now, the staff and coaches have been really helpful. Now I have a second chance."

The defender has slotted into Aitor Karanka's team in the absence of the injured George Friend, whom Fabio says he is enjoying working with.

"It's tough and you have to fight for your place, but I've learnt a lot from him," Fabio said.

"George has been doing it here for five years.

"He's a fantastic lad and a great player as well.

"Our defence is full of great players - Calum [Chambers], Antonio [Barragan], and Ben Gibson is a leader."

Fabio is also enjoying being back in the top flight after his early years with Manchester United. 

"I am really enjoying life, and I'm happy to be playing in the Premier League again.

"When I played in this division in the past I was young.

"But now I have played more games, and more experience.

"Aitor Karanka has helped me a lot, he's spoken with me and given me confidence, and he's given me a chance I want to take."

The Brazilian was happy to get a first Boro win under his belt against Hull City, and wants to build on that this weekend at Southampton.

"It was a massive win for us, every point in the Premier League is big and you have to be pleased," he said.

"Every game will be tough but we've trained hard to be at 100%.

"It's early in the season, so we take the confidence but we need to use that to get more points."