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Fulham visit Middlesbrough ~ Ch. Team News MD11

last updated Friday 16th October 2015, 2:54 PM

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Middlesbrough vrs Fulham

Championship Match Day 11 1516 at Riverside Stadium

Saturday 17th October 2015    KO: 15:00

Ref: Peter Bankes (Merseyside)

Referee Peter Bankes (Merseyside)

Referee Peter Bankes Referee Peter Bankes, a 33year old Football Services Officer in Coach Education at Liverpool FA, became a National Group referee in 2014.

Mr Bankes has never had the pleasure of reffing a Fulham game.

He has reffed one Middlesbrough back in January of last season when Boro beat Huddersfield 2-0. Ref Bankes yellow carded 3 Boro players and one Huddersfield player

Last season he refed 27 games and dished out 98 yellows and 7 reds, so 3.6 yellows per game. He was above the League average of 3.2 yellows per game and was also above average for red cards.


Middlesbrough Manager Aitor Karanka Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka will await the return of his international players before naming the side to face Fulham in the Sky Bet Championship.

Midfielder Albert Adomah and striker Cristhian Stuani have had gruelling trips with the former on duty with Ghana as they drew 1-1 with Canada in Washington DC on Tuesday, while the latter played the full 90 minutes in Uruguay's World Cup qualifying victories over Bolivia and Colombia in South America.

They, along with Czech Republic defender Tomas Kalas, who came on as a substitute in a 3-2 Euro 2016 qualifier win in Holland, will be assessed as Karanka looks for Boro to bounce back from the 2-0 defeat at Reading last time out which ended a seven-game winning run.

The Spaniard will be forced to make at least one change with defender Fernando Amorebieta ineligible to play against his parent club under the terms of his loan agreement.


Fulham Manager Kit Symons Fulham manager Kit Symons could be without Tim Ream after he sustained an injury while on international duty with the USA.

Symons told his pre-match press conference: "He came off after 65 minutes so we sent him off for a scan which we're waiting to be assessed and we don't know anything further, but he would be a doubt for Saturday."

Injured striker Matt Smith could soon be back in contention for the first team after being lined up for game time for Fulham's Under-21 side.

Scott Parker, Luke Garbutt and George Williams all featured in a recent friendly against Watford.


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