By Danny Wright

1st Mar, 2018 | 11:45am

Key midfielder is major injury doubt for Leeds clash v Middlesbrough - confirmed

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis has confirmed that midfielder Grant Leadbitter is a major injury doubt for his side’s clash against Leeds United on Friday night.

Leadbitter, 32, has to be taken off after 76 minutes in the 3-3 draw with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light last week, and it seems that the former Ipswich ace is yet to fully recover.

Pulis has admitted that Leadbitter has an issue with his hamstring and he is hoping for a bit of luck for him to be ready for the game against Leeds.

“When Grant took the penalty [against Sunderland], I think if you look back, you can see he felt the top of his hamstring,” Pulis told Boro’s official website.

“That was a real concern for him straightaway.

“Fingers crossed he’ll be fit. He’s an outside chance and we will assess it last minute.”

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Leadbitter has been ever-present for Middlesbrough this season.

The key Boro midfielder has scored three goals and supplied two assists in 27 appearances across all competitions for the Teesside club.

However he may not be able to add to those tallies, regardless of his fitness, on Friday as the game has been plunged into doubt due to the heavy snowfall that has hit the North-East in the past few days.

Boro have confirmed that they are doing all they can to ensure that the clash with Leeds go ahead.

Paul Heckingbottom’s men are three points behind Boro in the Championship standings, but seem unlikely to be able to leapfrog them due to the Teessiders’ superior goal difference.

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