MIDDLESBROUGH winger Andy Halliday has undergone an operation to fix his broken nose, but he is expected to be fit for Saturday’s home Championship clash with Watford.
Halliday sustained the injury in the festive defeat at Derby and got a knock on his nose in last week’s FA Cup win over Hastings United.
Boss Tony Mowbray said: “By the weekend I’m sure he’ll be fine and if not we hope George Friend won’t be too far away.
Mowbray is keen to get the Scot, who has been filling in for Friend at left-back, to agree to a contract extension.
“We would like Andy to stay,” Mowbray added. “We would like him to sign a new deal and get on trying to progress his career.
“He’s doing very well but he’s still got a lot to learn and hopefully he thinks
Middlesbrough is the right place for him to do that.”
Meanwhile, Mowbray has told the two youngsters who got run-outs against Hastings to keep working hard to continue their progress.
Jordan Jones had half an hour, while Bryn Morris was given eight minutes.
“Hopefully their appearances give them some encouragement to keep working hard,” said Mowbray. “Jordan has fabulous talent and likes to move the ball and drift past people.
It’s OK doing it at under-18 level, but it’s very different in the first team. He’s a player who excites us all and in years to come the fans are going to enjoy seeing him travel with the ball and doing his stepovers.
“It will probably be a year or two down the line before he surfaces again, but we’ve given him a taste of it.
“Bryn is a footballer I like. He plays economical football and his control and passing are very tight.
“He’s also very athletic and can get around the pitch all day long, yet he’s only just left school and he’s got to work extremely hard.
“We shouldn’t have too high hopes too soon but he’s got a bright future in front of him. He’s also potentially a year or two away from threatening our team.”