Pilgrims pair sweep the board

Pilgrims pair sweep the board

Published Apr. 12, 2013 9:15 a.m. ET

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray will run the rule over his walking wounded before naming his team for the npower Championship showdown with Brighton.

Central defender Jonathan Woodgate has been monitored all week after suffering concussion in a first-half clash of heads during last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Hull.

He was taken to hospital on Humberside, but released after being looked over and will be assessed over the next 48 hours.

Mowbray will also await news of midfielder Kieron Dyer (hamstring) and strikers Emmanuel Ledesma (ankle) and Marvin Emnes (hamstring), with all three fighting to be fit.


However, full-back George Friend's hamstring problem is likely to rule him out for the remainder of the season, a fate which has already befallen midfielder Julio Arca (toe).

Will Buckley and Kazenga LuaLua could be fit for Brighton.

The wingers both suffered hamstring injuries during last weekend's 1-1 draw with Leicester but the problems are not as bad as first feared and boss Gus Poyet will make late decisions on them.

Bruno is due back in full training after a month out with a calf problem but he will not be risked just yet, so fellow Spaniard Inigo Calderon continues at right-back.

Strikers Craig Mackail-Smith (Achilles) and Will Hoskins (kn

ee) continue their recoveries from long-term injuries while Ashley Barnes is still suspended.

That means Argentinean frontman Leonardo Ulloa, who has scored eight goals in his last 10 games, continues on his own in attack.

Pilgrims boss Sheridan led his team to a run of four wins in six fixtures to guide them out of the relegation places and becomes the first manager to win the prize at Home Park since Paul Sturrock in 2003.

Sheridan told Sky Sports News: "It is down to the players. I came in with 19 games to go and the players have responded really well.

"We still have not done anything yet. We have won four of our last six games but with four games to do we are still in a precarious position and we need to work hard to stay in this division.

"We know what is at stake and what we have to do. We will try and win every game and get points as quickly as possible to avoid it going to the last game. If it does, then we will be prepared and ready for it."

Winger Banton, on loan from Championship side Crystal Palace, was instrumental in Plymouth's run and scored three goals in March, including a Devon derby winner against Exeter to move Argyle five points clear of the drop zone.

"I'm happy," the 20-year-old told the club's official website.

"The recognition is good, but this sort of thing has not been in my mind since I've been here because it's been a dog-fight, trying to stay in the league.

"To get recognised with the club in the position where we are is a good thing."