Short spell out for Pogatetz

Middlesbrough are hopeful that defender Emanuel Pogatetz is not facing a lengthy lay-off after a scan revealed the extent of his knee injury.

The 26-year-old Austria international hurt his knee and the tendon behind it during Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at Bolton, and has been ruled out of this weekend’s crucial home game against Hull.

However, the Teessiders believe the injury is not serious and that he could be back in action sooner rather than later.

Pogatetz’s absence will come as a blow as Boro attempt to drag themselves out of deep relegation trouble, although they have had better news on the fitness front today.

Midfielder Didier Digard has returned to the club from the French national football academy in Clairefontaine, where he has been undergoing rehabilitation, and is expected to resume full training within a fortnight.

The 22-year-old has been sidelined since suffering a partial rupture of the quadriceps muscle in his left leg and a partial tear of the medial ligament in his right knee during the 0-0 draw with Wigan on February 21.

In addition, England Under-21 international Adam Johnson is back in light training after recovering from an ankle problem, and defender Chris Riggott is close to being available after tearing his medial ligament at the beginning of February.

More in this Section

Amnesty International urge FIFA not to let China host Club World CupAmnesty International urge FIFA not to let China host Club World Cup

FA chief Clarke wants concussion substitutes introduced ‘as quickly as possible’FA chief Clarke wants concussion substitutes introduced ‘as quickly as possible’

Mohamed Salah returns to Liverpool training after ankle injuryMohamed Salah returns to Liverpool training after ankle injury

FAI to claim privilege over two more documents in ODCE investigationFAI to claim privilege over two more documents in ODCE investigation


Lifestyle

A long-time fad dieter, Katy Harrington tried unsuccessfully to embrace body positivity, so she’s trying something new (and neutral)Plusses of positivity: Forget body positivity - it's time to go neutral

Discovering the joys of the Monaghan and Armagh landscapes while venturing north, comes highly-recommended by Noel BakerTrekking north to Monaghan and Armagh is good for the soul

Sex advice with Suzi Godson.Sex file: Where have my orgasms gone?

Producers of the new landmark Attenborough series tell Sarah Marshall about some of the fantastic animal encounters they filmed.Visit the wildlife locations featured in the BBC’s Seven Worlds, One Planet

More From The Irish Examiner