Neil Warnock offered an update on injuries ahead of Boro’s trip to Nottingham Forest (7.45pm).

Paddy McNair pulled out of the warm-up before our match against Coventry City, and the match at the City Ground may come too soon for him.

“I doubt he will make it,” Warnock said.

“He has slight strain on the inside of his lower hamstring.

“He’s going to do a little bit today.

“I’m hoping him and Marc Bola will be on the grass but we won’t be rushing them.”

Martin Payero was another who missed out at the weekend, but Warnock hopes it won’t be too lengthy a lay-off.

“Martin had just had his best training session, and then goes and does his ankle in the last few minutes,” the Boro boss said.

“It wasn’t anything too damaging, his ankle was just bruised, but but by going over his ankle he tweaked something higher up.

“I don’t think it’s anything too long, but if it’s too soon for tomorrow I’m not sure.”

Warnock admits the injury situation can be frustrating, but is remaining upbeat.

“It can be difficult but other clubs will have problems as well, you hope that you get lucky” he said.

“I had hoped we would have a more settled team. Not having Sammy Ameobi available at all has been one of the big disappointments.

“But had he been involved, Isaiah Jones might not have had a look in.

“We just have to make sure the players who are selected are ready to give it their maximum.”