Boro boss Tony Pulis to make late call on Grant Leadbitter

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Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis will give midfielder Grant Leadbitter until the last minute to prove his fitness ahead of Friday night's Sky Bet Championship clas

Leadbitter tweaked a hamstring as he scored the penalty which gave his side a 2-1 lead in last Saturday’s 3-3 draw with his former club Sunderland, and Pulis has revealed he has ‘an outside chance’ of being fit.

Winger Adama Traore will definitely be available following a successful appeal against the red card – his second of the season – he received at the Stadium of Light which would have resulted in a four-game ban.

However, striker Rudy Gestede is out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery an a fractured ankle, while full-back Fabio da Silva is still out with a thigh problem.

Leeds manager Paul Heckingbottom could have a trio of players available once again for the trip to the Riverside Stadium.

Boro old-boy Adam Forshaw missed last Saturday’s 1-0 home win over Brentford after his wife went into labour and is expected to return.

Midfielder Pablo Hernandez also missed out as he continued his recovery from a groin injury, and he too could make the squad.

Striker Kemar Roofe will hope to resume after sitting out against the Bees because of a knock.

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