Britt Assombalonga will not travel with the Boro squad to London this week, Jonathan Woodgate has confirmed.
Boro will travel to and remain in the capital between Tuesday’s Emirates FA Cup replay at Tottenham Hotspur and Friday’s match at Fulham, with Crystal Palace offering a training base for the Teessiders.
But the DR Congolese striker is set to remain at Rockliffe Park as he continues rehab work on a troublesome ankle injury sustained in a heavy tackle from Charlton’s Darren Pratley back in December.
“Britt is still not right,” Woodgate said in his pre-match media conference.
“He was going to travel but he won’t this week. He tried to train yesterday, I was watching him myself, he was giving it everything he could but he still wasn’t right.
“When he was slowing down he was still limping.
“It’s really frustrating for Britt and for us as well, but we have to get him right.”
Darren Randolph has been another recent injury absentee, and Jonathan Woodgate offered an update in lieu of a mooted move for the keeper back to West Ham United.
“Let’s see what happens over the next 48 hours,” Woodgate said.
“Darren is professional, and look what he’s done for this club. He’s been outstanding, and he’ll be fine.
“He hasn’t gone yet so let’s see.”