Barry Robson will miss out on his home debut for Middlesbrough after picking up a hamstring injury in training during the week.
Gordon Strachan’s side face an important home match with on-form Swansea with just 11 fit outfield players available for selection.
Robson played in last week’s defeat away to Sheffield United but will miss out on appearing at the Riverside Stadium as his new side attempt to push their way back into play-off contention.
‘Boro have lost five of their last six matches with Strachan admitting that the injury crisis couldn’t have come at a worst time.
The former Celtic boss said: “You get periods like this, it’s a tough spell that’s for sure.
“But it’s not the first time this year that we’ve suffered from injuries and we’ll deal with it.
“We are looking forward to a time when we have everyone available, then we’ll see what we are made of..
“Injuries are part and parcel of the game, we have prepared well all week and are looking forward to the game.”
Willo Flood and Chris Killen will make their home debut’s for Boro against a Swansea side that has moved into fourth place in the league.