Gary O'Neil insists he has no problem with Matthew Bates taking over the Middlesbrough captaincy.
The 27-year-old returned to the Middlesbrough line-up on Saturday at Coventry after his latest injury setback.
Yet Boro boss Tony Mowbray took the decision to allow stand-in captain Matthew Bates to retain the armband.
However, this is not an issue according to O'Neil, who is still looking to return to full match fitness.
"Matty was the skipper and I have got no problem with that at all," O'Neil told the Evening Gazette.
"It's entirely up to the gaffer and whatever he decides, I am happy to go with.
"He thinks the lads have been doing well in the last few games and that Batesy has been doing well in particular.
"He's only a young lad, but Batesy is a leader out there. If the gaffer thinks that is the best for the team then I'm more than happy to go along with that.
"I will just get on with it and work as hard as I can and play as well as I can for the club."