The Boro Head Coach is expected to make full use of both games to ensure more minutes on the pitch for his players as the countdown to the new season continues.

“We’re looking to get more minutes in for the players and get some up to 90 so we’re going to use both games to do that,” said Woodgate.

“Those that don’t play 90 over this weekend will get the chance at Salford on Tuesday.”

Britt Assombalonga is back in the fold, having returned from a short break after the Africa Cup of Nations, while George Friend and Daniel Ayala are both closing in on a return to action.

Leo Percovich and Graeme Lee will look after the squad at Bishops while Woodgate, Robbie Keane, and Danny Coyne headed out to Germany.

“We’re expecting a tough game in Germany,” added the head coach. “We’re looking at both games as good workouts for everyone, and it’s another step along the way in terms of our preparation.”

The Bishop Auckland game kicks off at 1pm with the game against 2. Bundesliga side Heidenheim kicking off two hours later at the Voith-Arena.

Tickets at Heritage Park are available on the gate, costing £6 for adults, £4 for Over-65s and £2 for Under-16s.

Tickets are also available on the day over in Germany.

We will have updates on both fixtures via our official social media channels, with reaction and highlights following the full-time whistle here at