Middlesbrough ready for Spanish warm-ups

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MIDDLESBROUGH are set to play their second low-key pre-season game after arriving at their Spanish training complex.

Boro arrived in Marbella yesterday, where they are basing themselves for a week’s warm weather training and three matches.

Aitor Karanka’s team will play Spain B League side Lucena tomorrow evening, fellow Spanish team Real Balompedica Linense on Saturday lunchtime and Atletico Clube de Portugal on Monday morning.

It follows on from the promising start to the friendly programme on Saturday when they defeated Romanian side Tirgu Mures 4-1 at the West Riding County FA headquarters in Leeds.

Luke Williams led the way with two first-half goals, both from accomplished finishes in the behind-closed-doors match.

The attacking midfielder almost had a hat-trick, only to be denied by a fine save from keeper Eduard Stancioiu.

Hartlepool-born Ryan Brobbel, who has signed a one-year contract extension to stay at the Riverside, impressed for Karanka’s team.

The Boro head coach sent out a near new XI for the second period and centre-half Christian Burgess headed home powerfully from eight yards.

Boro added a fourth 10 minutes from time from Bradley Fewster.

Karanka used all three keepers in his squad giving them 30 minutes each. Dimi Konstantopoulos played the first half hour with Thomas Mejias the middle slot and Jason Steele the last.

Steele conceded the only goal from the Romanians from Amauri Morais just after the hour.

One player not involved on Saturday nor in Spain is striker Lukas Jutkiewicz, who is believed to be close to a £2million transfer to Premier League new boys Burnley.