Boro's Under-23s will be aiming to break the top four at Sunderland on Monday (1pm).

Graeme Lee's side head for Wearside on the back of three straight victories after Stoke were dispatched 2-0 at the Riverside last midweek.

The Stoke game saw the return of Sam Folarin from injury and he claimed an assist when Josh Coburn sealed the points late on with a good strike.

A win at Sunderland could lift Boro as high as third, a point behind early leaders Fulham and Aston Villa.

The Sunderland trip of the first of two games for our U23s this week with Nottingham Forest visiting Heritage Park on Friday (7pm).