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Last Updated: Wednesday, 1 August 2007, 16:52 GMT 17:52 UK
Pogatetz blow for Middlesbrough
Emmanuel Pogatetz
Boro face a defensive crisis with Pogatetz out
Middlesbrough's Austrian defender Emmanuel Pogatetz will miss the start of the season because of a knee injury.

The 24-year-old will undergo a cartilage operation on Thursday after scans showed damage.

Pogatetz joins defenders Jonathan Woodgate, Robert Huth, Matthew Bates and Chris Riggott on the sidelines.

Manager Gareth Southgate told BBC Radio Cleveland: "It is a blow but we are hoping to have Emmanuel back as soon as possible for the coming season."

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Southgate is now likely to have to start the season with David Wheater and Andrew Davies as central defenders.



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