Middlesbrough’s Scott McDonald could be back for trip to Burnley

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MIDDLESBROUGH could have Scott McDonald back to bolster their striking options in Saturday’s Championship trip to Burnley.

The former Celtic hitman has been out since sustaining hamstring trouble in last month’s home win over Birmingham, but McDonald is back in training.

Coach Mark Proctor said: “Hopefully Scott will be back at the weekend. He started training with the group again on Tuesday so he’s hopefully come through that fine and that will help us massively on Saturday.”

Boro have only had on-song Marvin Emnes available up front since McDonald’s injury, but spirits are high after a hugely encouraging start to the season.

Proctor added: “We’ve got a little bit of momentum and you want the next game to come quickly. The players had a couple of days off last week but since they came back they’ve been very, very vibrant and bright in training, so the break seems to have done them good.

“They’re all difficult games in this division but we’re confident, the group’s confident and we go into each one believing we can win and hopefully our form will continue.”

Meanwhile, midfielder Kevin Thomson is gunning for first-team football again after coming through 45 minutes of Tuesday’s 6-3 reserve win over Scunthorpe.

“I’m back a bit earlier than I thought,” said the ex-Rangers man. “I’ve been training with the lads for a week or so, but I really need minutes and pitch action.

“I’m still probably a couple of weeks away but hope to get the nod from the manager as soon as possible. I felt comfortable in the game. There was no reaction whatsover.”