Middlesbrough v Brentford preview
Last Updated: 29/09/17 4:34pm
Striker Martin Braithwaite will hope for a role as Middlesbrough entertain Brentford in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.
The Dane, a summer signing from Toulouse, was used as a second-half substitute in Tuesday night's 1-0 home defeat by Norwich, his first appearance since the opening day of the season because of a hamstring injury, and is pushing for more.
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Midfielder Adama Traore returned from a three-game ban against the Canaries, but there was no place in the matchday 18 for Stewart Downing. Striker Rudy Gestede is manager Garry Monk's only absentee following surgery on a thigh problem, but he too is close to being available once again.
Brentford will check on defender Andreas Bjelland. The Denmark international came off with a tight hamstring during Tuesday's draw with Derby but has not yet been ruled out.
Fellow defender John Egan will return after missing out in midweek following concussion. Sergi Canos is close to returning after an ankle injury but is not expected to be involved until after the international break.
Middlesbrough have won their last nine consecutive matches against Brentford in all competitions, a run that stretches back to December 1986.
The Bees have won only once away at Middlesbrough in their entire history - a 1-0 win in March 1938.
In midweek, Middlesbrough lost their first home Championship match since January 2016. They've not lost back-to-back second tier games at the Riverside since August 2014.
Meanwhile, Brentford won their first game on the road since March in their last league outing - a 3-0 victory at Bolton.
Only Preston (4) have conceded fewer Championship goals than Middlesbrough (7) so far this season, with four of Middlesbrough's goals against coming in their last three games.
Ollie Watkins has scored in back-to-back league games for the Bees, having scored in just one of his first eight for the club.