Neil Warnock has offered words of encouragement to Marcus Browne after the player's latest injury setback.

The midfielder, who scored on his return to first team football away to Wycombe on January 2, was stretchered off with a knee injury the following weekend at Brentford.

And in the wake of Saturday's defeat to Birmingham City, the Boro boss says Browne is set for surgery. 

“It’s bad news on Marcus," Warnock said.

"The consultant thinks it might be a cruciate on reflection when he’s looked at the scans.

“He can’t really give us a timeframe because he doesn’t know what’s inside, and Marcus had had a problem with his kneecap. 

“I think he’s going to be operated on in the next ten days once the swelling’s gone down.

“The good thing for Marcus is the surgeon can actually mend his kneecap at the same time he does his cruciate."

Warnock hopes that, despite this new blow, Browne can take heart from the progress he's made made this season.

“Because he’s a young lad it’ll heal and he’ll come back," he said.

“I said to him he’ll feel bad because he’s done so well to come back once already, but when you look at Sol Bamba, there’s a lot worse in life.

“I told him you’ve got to have your operation, get back on the bandwagon and get fit again, and look as sharp as you have done because he’s done really well this season.”