Injury relief for Thomson

Midfielder hurt on comeback against Pompey

Thomson: Injury relief

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Middlesbrough midfielder Kevin Thomson was relieved not to have suffered another serious injury after being stretchered off against Portsmouth.

Thomson was making his comeback on Saturday after spending seven weeks out with a broken leg suffered on only his second start for Boro.

However, the Scotland international was forced off after just eight minutes of the 2-2 draw following a challenge from Pompey midfielder Michael Brown.

There were fears that the 25-year-old had broken his leg again, but Thomson's latest injury is not so serious.

Huge relief

He said: "It's a huge relief to discover it's not fractured, but I feared the worst when I was booted on the leg just where it was broken.

"I sat and worried about going to hospital, but the tests were clear.

"It will be two weeks before I begin my recovery."

Boro boss Gordon Strachan was unhappy with the treatment being dished out to Thomson prior to the former Rangers player's injury.

Strachan said: "He was badly kicked twice, but the referee decided in his wisdom that kicking players who have just come back from a broken leg was OK."