MIDDLESBROUGH will be hopeful Sol Bamba can shake off any lingering fitness issues to be ready for tomorrow's Championship tie with Hull City. 

The 36-year-old centre half produced a mammoth display in midweek helping Boro to a clean sheet against Sheffield United as they came out 2-0 winners on the evening. 

Bamba was emotional after the game having completed his first 90 minutes since recovering from treatment for cancer. 

If possible, Warnock would like to field an unchanged team for the trip to the KCOM Stadium against a Hull City team that have won just one of their first ten games. 

Warnock said: “Sol was obviously very stiff the next day after the game.

“He just has to have some tender loving care really. We have to be careful with him.

“I didn’t expect him to play the full 90 minutes if I’m honest, but he did ever so well as you saw, and I think that helped everyone else.

“I think Dael [Fry] responded to his talking and I thought they were good together.”

The Boro boss admitted that his side are carrying a number of knocks from the victory over the Blades. 

Martin Payero is managing a knee injury that almost ruled him out of the midweek game at the Riverside Stadium while Onel Hernandez isn't expected back in the team for a number of weeks. 

Warnock added: “I don’t think any of the injured lads will be ready until after the international break.

“We’ve also got two lads on four cards - Peltier and Crooks. So we’ve got to hope they can get through the game without picking up a booking.”