Neil Warnock is keeping a close eye on his squad ahead of Saturday’s trip to Cardiff City, in particular the two former Bluebirds in the Boro camp.

It's a third game in a week, and after enjoying back-to-back home wins, the Boro boss has eyes on a third. 

Sol Bamba, 36, and Lee Peltier, 34, are two of Boro’s elder statesman and were among our only fit defenders to feature in midweek, and Warnock is pleased to have them in his roster ahead of his and their return to the Welsh capital.

“It’s about getting all the lads relaxed and working through any knocks,” he said.

“It’s a lot to ask for lads like Sol and Pelts, but they have come through well enough at the minute.

“It would have been easy for Sol to walk away, he had offers to go into television and things like that. But he just loves being a footballer.

“It was a favour really when I brought him in but he’s got himself back to fitness and he’s playing well.

“They say about who you’d want in the trenches, I’d have Peltier one side and Bamba the other.”

Andraz Sporar was forced off in the midweek win over Barnsley and will be checked on, while Warnock does not expect any of his other injured players to return this weekend.

“I’m going to have a chat with Andraz today,” Warnock said.

“He didn’t train yesterday. I’ll have a look at him and see what the situation is.

“Other than that, I don’t see anyone else who has been injured coming back for a few weeks yet.”

Warnock says his team are relishing the challenges presented by injury setbacks and the fixture list.

“We’ve been frustrating at times but that’s us - we’re not lethal, so it can be nail-biting," he said.

“It’s a bit of chaos in terms of the injuries but I’ve told the lads to try and enjoy it.

“It think that’s what they’ve done, they’ve enjoyed training and taken that into the games.”