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Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk has a full complement of players to select from for Saturday’s Championship clash against Sheffield United at the Riverside Stadium, according to BBC Sport.

The north east outfit are one of the favourites to win promotion to the Premier League in 2017-18 and have spent big this summer to bolster their squad.

However, Monk’s managerial tenure at Middlesbrough started in frustrating fashion for the club’s fans last week, with the travelling side beaten 1-0 by Wolverhampton Wanderers at Mollineux.

It will be interesting to see if the manager sticks with largely the same XI that took to the field last weekend, but one forced change will need to occur.

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Marten De Roon has been sold to former club Atalanta since the defeat to Wolves and as such Monk has a decision to make in the boiler room.

Adam Forshaw, who replaced the Holland international last weekend after about 65 minutes, looks the most-likely to feature but Grant Leadbitter is also in contention.

Monk fielded a new-look Middlesbrough attacking unit against Wolves, with Britt Assombalonga supported by fellow summer recruits Ashley Fletcher and Martin Braithwaite in the final third.

However, Patrick Bamford made a significant impact after coming on as a second-half substitute against Wolves and the striker will be hoping to get the nod from the start against newly promoted United.

Monk is seemingly set to receive a hero’s welcome on his first home outing at the Riverside Stadium and the Middlesbrough boss has sent the fans a message on Twitter ahead of the game calling for their backing.

Boro will hope to get their first victory of the 2017-18 Championship campaign against Chris Wilder’s men, with the supporters demanding that the north-east outfit are in the running to bounce straight back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.