Middlesbrough FC defender Stuart Parnaby could be out for the rest of the season after ripping a hamstring in the 3-2 defeat of Leeds United AFC at the weekend. A scan has revealed that the tear is more serious than first thought.
The English Under-21 international has been a fixture for Steve McClaren's side since breaking in to the first team when Robbie Stockdale was sidelined with a foot injury in October, missing just two out of 22 games after making his debut against Leeds on 26 October. Parnaby was rewarded for his fine form with a contract extension until 2007 which he signed last week.
The news is a major blow for the Teeside club, whose hopes of qualifying for the UEFA Cup have been revitalised by the return from injury of Brazilian midfield player Juninho Paulista.
©UEFA.com 1998-2017. All rights reserved.