Roberts and Maghoma back in the squad for the Boro match

Marc Roberts.
Marc Roberts

Marc and Jacques are good, no problem.


Pep Clotet has confirmed that both Marc Roberts and Jacques Maghoma will be available for selection against Middlesbrough on Friday evening.

Central defender Roberts missed Tuesday's trip to Wigan because of a tight hamstring, whilst Maghoma was rested as a precautionary measure for the same game to protect a calf niggle.

"Marc and Jacques are good, no problem," said Clotet.

Meanwhile, Blues newest signing Josh McEachran is edging closer to first team consideration.

The former Brentford and Chelsea midfielder is likely to be in the frame after the forthcoming international break.

"He's getting closer," said Clotet when asked about McEachran's progress.

"We'll be doing really intensive work with him over the international break to try and get him up to speed," he said.

"He's going to be featuring tomorrow for the Under-23s in their game in Leeds United (in the Premier League Cup) and then we will assess him at the end of the week.

"Basically, what he needs now is a lot of high-speed and intense training and the Under-23s games will help with that.

"He shouldn't be far from being able to compete, but obviously he will not ready for 90 minutes."

McEachran has appeared four times for the Under-23s now, on Monday playing 68 minutes in the 4-0 PDL victory at Wigan Athletic Under-23s.