Boro duo fight for Ugo spot
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Boro have been rocked by the news that Ugo Ehiogu is sidelined for around six months with knee ligament trouble.
That now means there will be a place available in the side to start alongside captain Gareth Southgate.
Riggott, who arrived at The Riverside from Derby County in January, is looking to make the role his own.
"Obviously I'm very disappointed for Ugo, it's a nightmare for him, but it happens, people get injured during pre-season," said the England Under-21 star.
"If I get the chance because of that then I can't sit around, I've got to take it and play my best football and hopefully keep my place.
"It is a great opportunity for me and I'm not saying I'm going to be selected, but if I am I'm going to do my utmost to keep my spot."
Teesside-born Davies, who made his Premiership bow last season, is looking to challenge Riggott and land the role for himself.
"Obviously Chris has a lot of experience and is an excellent player, but that's not going to stop me from trying to win a place in the first team," said Davies.
"I've just got to be patient, do my best in training and hope to impress the manager.
"Hopefully I will get a few more chances to play next season.
"Of course it's awful for Ugo. He did a few runs last Thursday and then all of a sudden his knee has swollen up. It came as a shock to all of us."
Also in contention for a place will be veteran defender Colin Cooper, who is yet to agree a new deal at the club.
Cooper is now in line to start the season at left back following an injury to David Murphy and the suspension to Franck Queudrue.
The club have confirmed that talks with Cooper over a new 12-month deal are ongoing.