PREM: Middlesbrough v Everton preview

Middlesbrough v Everton preview

Gaston Ramirez is in contention to return for Middlesbrough when Everton visit the Riverside in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Uruguayan international joined his team-mates at their training camp in Spain in midweek after being given time off in the wake of Leicester's transfer interest.

Ramirez, who has missed the last six games due to a knee problem, has not featured since January 2, with Boro taking two points from a possible 12 in the league in his absence.

Meanwhile, Everton have lost just once in their last eight matches in all competitions - a home defeat to Leicester in the FA Cup.

That run has given Ronald Koeman's side a comfortable cushion in seventh in the table at kick-off, five points behind Manchester United in sixth and four ahead of West Brom in eighth.

Ramirez could return to the squad but George Friend remains a doubt with a calf injury. Fellow defender Antonio Barragan will sit out with a hamstring strain.

Everton manager Koeman has no new injury concerns so his main decisions ahead of the trip will be tactical.

Midfield is the greatest area of competition, with Idrissa Gueye not even getting off the bench for last weekend's 6-3 win over Bournemouth and impressive youngster Tom Davies restricted to a substitute role.

Mo Besic is still working his way back to fitness from a knee injury while teenage forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin is recovering from an ankle injury.

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