Strachan bemoans Flood luck

Boro boss feels for midfielder after injury in comeback game

Flood: Injury nightmare

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Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan has expressed his sympathy for Willo Flood after the luckless midfielder's latest injury.

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The 25-year-old suffered a dislocated knee after an accidental collision with team-mate Matthew Bates in the 3-1 defeat to Ipswich on Saturday.

The match was Flood's comeback game from a serious knee ligament injury sustained against Cardiff in February and afterwards Strachan bemoaned the midfielder's bad luck.

But, on a more positive note, the Boro boss was pleased to see Bates return after the fourth serious knee injury of his career.

Strachan told the club's official website: "We'll not see Willo for a long time because that's a bad injury.

"The rest of us think we've had a bad day but he's had a horrific day.

"He's well loved and a character in the dressing room so he's been very unlucky, especially having just come back from another long-term injury.

"But it was good to see Matthew Bates back because he's had a long, hard road to recovery."