Stuani and Rhodes doubtful for Toffees trip

Stuani and Rhodes doubtful for Toffees trip

Middlesbrough strikers Cristhian Stuani and Jordan Rhodes are both doubts for Saturday's trip to Everton.

Stuani limped out out last weekend's 2-1 home defeat by Crystal Place with a groin problem, while Rhodes suffered a knock to his knee in training on Thursday and both are being assessed.

Gaston Ramirez came off the bench against Palace after - like Stuani - only arriving back from international duty with Uruguay the previous day, and he will hope for a recall.

Long-term absentees James Husband (dislocated shoulder), Fabio da Silva (knee) and Grant Leadbitter (hernia surgery) are still missing.

Provisional squad: Valdes, Guzan, Chambers, Friend, Barragan, Nsue, Ayala, Gibson, Espinosa, De Roon, Clayton, Ramirez, Forshaw, Downing, Fischer, De Sart, Traore, Negredo, Nugent.