No new worries for Boro

No new worries for Boro

Aitor Karanka has revealed that his international players have returned unscathed as Middlesbrough welcome Watford on Sunday.

The Boro head coach will run the rule over the men who were on duty with their countries during the break, paying particular attention to Uruguay duo Gaston Ramirez and Cristhian Stuani following their lengthy journeys, but he has reported no fresh injury concerns.

Only Grant Leadbitter remains on the sidelines as he works his way back to full fitness following hernia surgery.

On his captain, Karanka said: "Grant is doing well and it’s a nice surprise for us because at first we thought it would be closer to Christmas.

"Everyone knows how important he is to this team. Even when he’s not playing he is with us at the games supporting his teammates."

Karanka is hopeful that his Boro side can finally register their first home win of the Premier League campaign at the fourth attempt.

He said: "We've had an international break, but in our last game at West Ham we played with the right organisation and attitude.

"We have to go to the pitch on Sunday with the same attitude, and hopefully we can win our first game at home this season."

On the Hornets, who are two points and five places higher than the Teessiders, the Spanish tactician added: "They have one more season of experience in the Premier League than us, so it will be tough. We have to be 100 per cent.

"Watford had an amazing season last year, they had safety very early - and now they have more experience.

"We have to keep learning and adding experience, as we have the quality to succeed in this league."