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Pogatetz: Back in two weeks

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Middlesbrough's Emanuel Pogatetz is hoping to return to first-team action in two weeks.

The Austrian defender has been sidelined since pre-season with a knee injury, which required surgery.

He is now in the last phase of his rehabilitation and is closing on a return to action - which will be a huge boost to Boro boss Gareth Southgate.

Two weeks

"I'm working with the physiotherapists of my team, I have started running again," Pogatetz revealed.

"The final examination on Monday turned out to be really positive, and according to Dr Bollen I'm now allowed to fully put weight on my knees.

"However, I will have to find the right dosage first. The most important thing is to gain physical fitness, so that I can return to the team in about two weeks."

International hope

Pogatetz also revealed he was hoping to be ready for Austria's friendly with England in November.

"I'm really sorry not to play in the next two internationals, but my nomination would have been unjustified due to my current lack of fitness. I'm still looking forward to the match against England though," he said.