Middlesbrough to welcome back Cyrus Christie for the visit of Birmingham.

Christie was sorely missed in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Leeds as he served a one-game ban after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season.
He is set to come straight back in at right-back while Fabio is pushing for a return at left-back.

Striker Rudy Gestede is building up his fitness after a thigh injury and could make the bench.

Birmingham have doubts over midfielders Craig Gardner and Stephen Gleeson. Gardner missed the 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Saturday with a calf injury.

Gleeson came off at half-time with a slight thigh problem which boss Steve Cotterill is concerned he may aggravate.

Maxime Colin, Isaac Vassell, David Stockdale and Carl Jenkinson remain sidelined.

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