Middlesbrough boss to back Turnbull over Schwarzer

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate has no doubts backing Ross Turnbull in goal - even if Mark Schwarzer is fit for this weekend's match against Arsenal.

Turnbull, 22, impressed Southgate in the 1-1 draw at Reading last weekend.

"He commanded his penalty area, came for crosses and dealt with punches well, he's a good kicker and his handling was secure," said the manager.

Schwarzer has been fitted with a plastic shield for his broken thumb while Jones has recovered from a torn thigh muscle. "Whether [Schwarzer] will be ready for Arsenal or not remains to be seen," said Southgate. "We've got excellent cover in those positions, but I didn't think Ross did much wrong at the weekend."

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