Maccarone ready to start
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Boro take on Division One high-flyers Wigan Athletic in the Carling Cup this week, and the Italian striker is ready to start again after suffering with injuries.
The club's record signing has been out with an ankle injury this season but could come back for the Wigan match.
"I was very close to starting Massimo against Tottenham but I looked at the last two performances we'd had and we were looking for continuity in the side, so to keep swapping and changing shows a lack of trust," said McClaren.
"I think he is close. He did well last week for half an hour against Newcastle and he is getting better every game, so he is getting there.
"You have to look at the week as a whole and when you have three games to play you have to use your full squad.
"Those players who were on the bench at Tottenham will be very important to us on Wednesday."