Relegation threatened Middlesbrough suffer striker blow

Middlesbrough's record signing Afonso Alves will not play again this season.

Middlesbrough's record signing Afonso Alves will not play again this season.

Tests carried out on Tuesday morning revealed the Brazilian, a £12.7million capture from Heerenveen, fractured a metatarsal during Monday night's 3-1 derby defeat at Newcastle and will miss Saturday's home clash with Aston Villa and the final day trip to West Ham.

Alves was hurt in a first-half challenge by Nicky Butt, which cost the midfielder a booking, and was carried off on a stretcher with the score at 1-1.

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