Patrick Bamford may not be risked in Middlesbrough and Brentford's Championship play-off semi final second leg at the Riverside.
The 21-year-old forward was substituted off in the 90th minute of the first leg and did not look fully fit or at his best throughout the game.
Bamford did not attend Boro’s training camp in Spain and manager Aitor Karanka has admitted that the striker is still struggling with a tendon problem.
He said: “I hope he will be okay to play the next game, he still has pain in his tendon and I can’t take a risk with him.
“He is an important player for us but we also have Kike, whose attitude at Brentford was brilliant, and Jelle Vossen, who scored the first goal, so we have other players and everybody is important in this team.”
The on-loan Chelsea man was named Championship player of the year after scoring 19 goals in all competitions for Boro, including a goal against the Bees at the Riverside back in September.
But he looked off the pace in Friday night’s tie in front of Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and was subjected to taunts of “you’ll never play for Chelsea” from the Brentford fans.
And the Bees will be hoping that Bamford does not come back to haunt them after he was linked with a move to Griffin Park but headed to the Riverside instead back in August.
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Patrick Bamford goals 2014-15
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