DARREN RANDOLPH will travel down to London with the rest of the Middlesbrough squad for tomorrow night’s FA Cup replay with Tottenham.

The Republic of Ireland goalkeeper is still waiting to hear whether West Ham United will finalise a £4m deal after undergoing his medical last week.

The Hammers have reservations over the thigh problem which has prevented him from playing since facing Hull towards the end of November.

But he is fit and available again and could return to the side against Tottenham or at Fulham on Friday in the Championship, if Woodgate wanted to recall him.

The likelihood is that Tomas Mejias will start at Spurs, while Aynsley Pears has been holding the first team spot in the league in the absence of Randolph, who is at Rockliffe Park today.

Woodgate said: “It’s the longest medical I have ever known. I have had a few medicals myself and believe it or not I have passed a few. This has been unbelievable. We will see if it happens or not.

“Darren is a professional, look at what he has done for the club. He has been outstanding us. He will be fine.”

Asked why Randolph would go to West Ham to be back-up to Lukasz Fabianski, said: “Is he going to be No 2? Fabianski is injured. So he would be No 1. I love Darren Randolph, he is a top keeper, he hasn’t gone yet so let’s see.”

Woodgate has also revealed that striker Britt Assombalonga will not be available against Tottenham. The £15m man’s ankle continues to cause problems so the Middlesbrough head coach is having to tread carefully with him.

“Britt’s still not right, he tried to train but he is not travelling,” said Woodgate. “We have a few sore bodies from the other day, but we will be OK. “Britt has an ankle problem from the tackle off Darren Pratley. I watched him yesterday, he didn’t look right, he was limping with it when he slowed down. We want him fit as soon as. I miss all my players when they are injured.”

Middlesbrough defender Daniel Ayala will not be available for the next two or three weeks with his ankle issue.