Championship: Middlesbrough defender Seb Hines is set to make his return from injury

Seb Hines: Set to return for Boro

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Middlesbrough defender Seb Hines is set to make his return from injury in a behind-closed-doors friendly next week.

Hines underwent a knee operation in April and the 25-year-old has spent the summer recovering.

He is now ready to take the next step in his rehabilitation, which is a competitive run out for the development squad.

"Seb's not too far away," Boro boss Tony Mowbray told the Gazette.

"He needs a game before we can consider him for the first team and we will probably arrange a match at the training ground next week."