Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Boro Boss Eyes Wolves Winger; Strachan's Weighing Up a Loan Move for Kightly

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Boro Boss Eyes Wolves Winger; Strachan's Weighing Up a Loan Move for Kightly

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Byline: Luke Edwards

MIDDLESBROUGH man-ager Gordon Strachan hopes to welcome back captain Gary O'Neil against QPR as he weighs up a loan move for Wolves winger Michael Kightly.

Kightly was left out of Wolves 25-man Premier League squad by manager Mick McCarthy last week and is attracting interest from a number of Championship clubs, including Crystal Palace and Reading.

Assistant manager Gary McAllister has admitted Boro are scouring the loan market for potential signings and Kightly would appear to be an attractive possibility. The 24-year-old was a key figure in Wolves's promotion to the Premier League, but has failed to have the same impact in the top flight and Wolves want to move him out so he can play first-team football ahead of a possible permanent deal.

Boro are struggling badly in midfield because of injuries to Rhys Williams, Willo Flood and Kevin Thomson and the addition of Kightly would add creativity and goals in that department.

The return of O'Neil in that area is a big boost for Strachan ahead of the clash with table-topping Queens Park Rangers and the former Portsmouth midfielder is confident he is fit enough to play at least some part in the game.

He said: "My knee has caused me a bit of trouble. Hopefully we have got it sorted now, but I've got to limit the amount of work I do at a time because it starts to become sore if I overload it.

"I've been doing 45 to 60 minutes of training and then coming in and working with the physios.

Hopefully that will get me fit and sharp enough to play at the weekend.

"We won down there last season. It was a good performance and a good win, but it doesn't have any bearing on this match. They've started very well and look like they'll be up there all year."

Boro, who have injury concerns over Scotland pair Barry Robson and Kris Boyd after their midweek international exploits, were installed as early Championship favourites, but have won just one of their four league games so far and O'Neil admitted they need to start justifying that tag despite the injuries. …

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