Middlesbrough could be forced to continue their battle against relegation without the services of Leroy Lita for the remainder of the campaign.
A man who scored more goals in the Scottish Premier League than anyone else in history, beating off names like the great Henrik Larsson and Boro’s very own Scott McDonald, Kris Boyd has sneaked out of the Riverside after just six months.
After yet another disappointing goal conceded by Middlesbrough at the death, this time against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday, you begin to wonder whether Tony Mowbray’s men are making that much needed progress.
Middlesbrough found themselves in trouble following the dramatic late loss against Swansea last week, as boss Tony Mowbray lamented his side for their failings on the pitch.
After an impressive second debut for Stockton-born Andrew Davies against Millwall last week, it does make you wonder where that dominance at centre-half was during his first spell on Teeside.
Middlesbrough's fans are certainly getting their money's worth this season, as the club followed up their 4-3 defeat at the hands of Swansea with a 3-2 win against Millwall.
Osvaldo Giroldo Junior grew up on the mean streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil, during the 1970s and 80s as a diminutive youngster with a passion for all things football.
Middlesbrough may have lost to Crystal Palace at the weekend, but they had the best player on the pitch in their ranks according to Tony Mowbray.
After months of speculation and weeks of tense negotiations Boro fans finally got to see new faces arrive at the Riverside despite disheartening financial whispers emerging from Teeside rumour mills.
Tony Mowbray’s Teeside revolution promised much after he took over from Gordon Strachan’s fateful tenure just a few months ago but as his first transfer window in charge begins to creak to a close, it’s not the transfers on the lips of Boro fans.