Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis has also urged his player to pick themselves up after seeing his team slip to 6th defeat in as many games on Saturday.
Tony Pulis has confirmed that an impending operation on his hernia might rule out the 23-year-old midfielder for the rest of the season.
A 1-0 defeat at the hands of Bristol City on Tuesday means that Boro have now lost five successive games in the Championship.
It is being reported that the player has gone back to his parent club to receive treatment on an injury which he sustained while training for Boro this week.
The former Real Madrid, Tottenham and Boro defender has emerged as the front runner to replace Tony Pulis whose contract ends in the summer.
Boro have reached an agreement with Stewart Downing over the bizarre clause in his contract which had forced Tony Pulis not to start the winger.
The comments by the Middlesbrough manager have come in the wake of the critique levelled at his tactics by Martin Braithwaite who is currently on loan at Leganes.
While he has made his intentions clear of not returning to Boro, Martin Braithwaite is unsure what the future has in store for him.
With his contract running out at the end of this season, Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing has been attracting interest from Sunderland and Rangers.
Tony Pulis’ men were run ragged at the Villa Park as the home side recorded a resounding 3-0 victory to pile more misery on Middlesbrough.