Neil Warnock is waiting on the fitness of Northern Ireland duo Paddy McNair and George Saville after their hectic international schedule.
McNair was involved in all three fixtures for his country over the international break, while Saville racked up in excess of 180 minutes.
The pair were due back at Rockliffe today, where the Boro boss can take a closer look at their progress.
“We don’t know on them as yet,” Warnock said. “We expect them training today and hopefully they will be available today. They’ve had a busy schedule so we’ll see how they are.”
One addition to the squad is Patrick Roberts, who Warnock says can bring a variety of options.
“He seems to have matured,” said Warnock.
“He can come straight in and be himself. He gives us an opportunity to play different styles and systems.”
The boss says the international break has been useful to get additional time on the training ground with his players.
“We had a few days break but since last Thursday we’ve worked really hard on the training ground," he said.
“The week coming up now is the toughest we could possibly have, but we’re playing against the top clubs and that’s what you want.”
Meanwhile, Warnock says he'll know more on the extent of Ashley Fletcher's hamstring injury today, while Grant Hall remains a fews weeks away.