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Bamford fit but may be overlooked for play-off final

Middlesbrough coach Aitor Karanka has top scorer Patrick Bamford available for Monday’s Championship play-off final against Norwich City, but he is not guaranteed to start at Wembley.

Chelsea loanee Bamford has 17 goals to his name this term, but aggravated an ankle injury in the first leg of Boro’s play-off semi-final against Brentford.

He was replaced by Kike for the second leg at the Riverside, which saw the Spaniard score in a 3-0 romp to secure a 5-1 aggregate triumph.

“I hope he can play,” Karanka said of Bamford.

“But now I have to think because Kike took his chance [against Brentford], scoring a goal, Jelle Vossen scored against Brentford, so for me it is a bit of a headache, but I have two very good strikers so I will have to choose the right one.

“Physically, Patrick’s fit to play because he trained, so I think he will be better and then it’s my decision.

“The only thing I have on my mind is the team.

“I said in my first meeting with the players that there is not a player who is above the team, the team is the only thing that matters.

“For example, when Patrick was injured, Jelle Vossen and Kike scored goals so it will be my decision.”

Sun 24 May, 2015
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