Whitehead banned for Boro

Last Updated: Tue, 31 Dec 2013 11:08

Midfielder Dean Whitehead will miss Middlesbrough's New Year's Day trip to Bolton through suspension.

The 31-year-old picked up his fifth booking of the season in Sunday's 3-0 home victory over Reading.

Keeper Shay Given will play the final game of his existing loan spell from Aston Villa with no new arrangement yet in place.

Central defender Jonathan Woodgate is being assessed after missing the Reading game, although he was effectively rested rather than injured.

Full-backs Frazer Richardson (ankle) and Andy Halliday (hernia surgery) will also be checked as they prepare to return to action but striker Kei Kamara (medial ligaments), keeper Jason Steele (ankle) and Stuart Parnaby (knee/compassionate leave) remain on the sidelines.

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