Double injury blow for Boro
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ugo Ehiogu and Michael Reiziger have both added to Boro's injury woesMiddlesbrough defender Ugo Ehiogu looks set to miss the rest of the season with a knee ligament injury.
Ehiogu had just returned from a long lay-off with a calf problem, but just 18 minutes into his comeback against Everton he sustained a new injury blow.
The England international was trying to clear a ball when goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer accidentally fell on him. Ehiogu tried to play on but he was forced off, making way for Colin Cooper.
The former Aston Villa stopper suffered a knee injury in 2003 when he ruptured his posterior ligament in his left knee, but it is thought that this time the injury is in his right one.
Manager Steve McClaren said: "Ugo has knee ligament problems.
"It's too early to say how long they will be out.
"We are not having the best of luck with centre-halves and I'm really disappointed for Ugo because he has had problems all season."
Should scans confirm the problem then he can expect to be out for four to eight months and the beginning of next season is the likely target for him.
McClaren also revealed the Michael Reiziger has broken his toe and faces some time on the sidelines.
The news of Ehiogu and Reiziger is just the latest blow for Boro, who have endured a torrid time this season, with a host of their squad suffering medium to long-term lay-offs.
Gaizka Mendieta, Mark Viduka, George Boateng, Malcolm Christie, Stuart Parnaby and Chris Riggott are all currently sidelined - while Ray Parlour and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink have also had to overcome injuries.
As a consequence of injuries to Ehiogu and Reiziger, Boro are likely to recall youngster Andrew Davies from his loan spell at Queens Park Rangers.