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Stephen McManus ruled out for four months.

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Former captain has been ruled out of action for four months after undergoing ankle surgery with a London specialist.

The centre-half is unlikely to play again until March after being substitued during Tony Mowbray’ second match in charge of ‘Boro- a 2-1 home win over Crystal Palace.

Two ankle bones were drilled and fused while the ligament was secured during the operation.

confirmed: “It’ obviously a big blow for Stephen and also for the team because he is a strong experienced defender and also a leader.

“We’re going to miss him and wish him all the best with his rehab.”

McManus spent the second half of last season on loan to ‘Boro before completing a £1.5m move to the Teeside club during the close season.

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