Karanka checks on injured trio
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Aitor Karanka is sweating on the fitness of Adam Clayton, Cristhian Stuani and Jordan Rhodes for the visit of Tottenham next week.
The Boro boss should learn more about the prospects of the trio making Saturday's clash when he meets the club's medical staff for an update on Monday.
Stuani and Rhodes were both absent for Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Everton, having struggled to shake off injuries last week.
Stuani picked up a groin problem during last weekend's game against Crystal Palace, while Rhodes - yet to feature this season - suffered a knock to his knee in training on Thursday.
Karanka remained coy over their status in his post-match press conference on Saturday.
"I don't know," the Boro boss said when asked when the duo would be back.
"We were here and were working for the game. I'll see (on Monday) and check with the doctor and the officials."
Clayton appeared to limp off the Goodison Park pitch on Saturday, and required treatment for a knock he picked up making a late tackle.
The 27-year-old midfielder came on as a second-half substitute, but looked to be in pain at the final whistle.