NEIL WARNOCK has told Dael Fry and Marcus Tavernier to forget about trying to get back on the field this season – and instead focus their attention on ensuring they are ready to hit the ground running at the start of pre-season training in the summer.

Fry and Tavernier have both been nursing calf problems that have kept them on the sidelines since last month’s defeat at Millwall.

They have missed the games against Bournemouth, Watford and Barnsley, and while there was an outside chance of Fry being available for the last couple of matches of the season, Warnock has decided to draw a line under each player’s campaign.

“I spoke to the physios and doctors yesterday, and they think it's highly unlikely that Tav will be back before the last game of the season,” said the Boro boss, ahead of tomorrow’s home game with QPR. “I don't think Dael will be back until possibly Luton (the penultimate game on May 1).

“So I said to them, ‘Forget Luton, forget Wycombe, let's just make sure they're both right for pre-season on July 1’. Unless something happens where they’re in full training, I can’t see me using either player now.

“Why, if there is nothing at stake, put someone in a position where they might do some damage when they could have another couple of months building themselves up, which is what Tav and Dael have got to do?

“That's what they've got to do with the injuries they've got. They’ve got to have a plan and a programme through the summer to build their legs and muscles up so we don't have this repeatedly every year.”