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Southgate looks for Huth return

Robert Huth
Robert Huth has made just 16 appearances for Boro this season

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate hopes to have defender Robert Huth back in the side following his absence for Saturday's 1-0 home win against Derby.

Despite his injury problems on Teesside the German defender has been a defensive rock and Southgate realises a fit Huth is key to Boro's development.

"We want Huth back in as soon as we can," Southgate told BBC Tees, "because his presence is fantastic.

"It is frustrating. He's that good the back four have been defending well."

It was about digging in. Lee Cattermole was playing on one leg for the last ten minutes

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate

Meanwhile, Southgate was delighted with his side who battled on during the win at the Riverside despite picking up a couple of knocks throughout the squad.

"It was about digging in," he said. "Cattermole was playing on one leg for the last ten minutes as well.

"It just seems that you get a game that you think can be the one that pushes you on but then you get hit with three or four knocks in the middle of it.

"The lads have ground on and the spirit has seen them through the game."

see also
Middlesbrough 1-0 Derby
22 Mar 08 |  Premier League
Boro should have won derby - Huth
04 Feb 08 |  Middlesbrough
Huth to miss start of next season
29 May 07 |  Middlesbrough
Huth completes 6m switch to Boro
01 Sep 06 |  Chelsea
Huth says Boro contract is agreed
11 Jun 06 |  Middlesbrough

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