TONY MOWBRAY has opted against naming Scott McDonald in his 18-man match day squad to face Derby County tonight.
Despite clear-the-air talks between the pair earlier this week and McDonald's return to the first team fold, the Australian has not made the bench at the Riverside Stadium.
Mowbray has given a chance to Luke Williams alongside Lukas Jutkiewicz in attack, with Merouane Zemmama the player to make way on the back of Saturday's defeat to Leicester City.
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The only change sees, as expected, Seb Hines slot in at the heart of the defence instead of Jonathan Woodgate, who misses out with a hamstring problem.
MIDDLESBROUGH (4-4-2): Steele; Hoyte, Hines, Bikey, Friend; Bailey; Leadbitter, Thomson; McEachran; Williams, Jutkiewicz. Subs: Zemmama, McManus, Ledesma, Leutwiler (gk), Parnaby, Smallwood, Haroun.
DERBY COUNTY (4-4-2): Fielding; Brayford, Buxton, Keogh, Roberts; Coutts, Hendrick, Bryson, Hughes; Robinson, Tyson. Subs: Sammon, Legzdins, O'Connor, Jacobs, Gjokaj, Bennett, Freeman.