Neil Warnock has confirmed that Duncan Watmore has resumed full training as he nears a return to action.

The forward has not featured since the opening day draw against Fulham due to a calf problem, but is back on the grass as Boro prepare to play Blackburn Rovers on Saturday (3pm).

With the first international break to come after this weekend, the Boro boss may err on the side of caution.

“Duncan trained fully for the first time yesterday,” Warnock said.

“I didn’t want to risk him before the international break - that period would give him chance to fully recover.

“But we’ll have to see how he is.

“I didn’t think Tav would play last week and risked the wrath of the medical department!

“Fortunately it came off - he came through that and has had no reaction, he trained yesterday as well.

“Two or three didn’t train earlier in the week with a few knocks and a bit of illness here and there.

“We’ll get tomorrow done and it gives us chance to have a look at where we are with the squad.”