Steele to play through pain barrier again

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FIFTH-PLACED Middlesbrough will be without striker Scott McDonald after the Australian suffered a medial knee ligament injury in the 2-2 draw at Leicester City.

Top scorer Marvin Emnes suffered a slight hamstring strain in the same game but manager Tony Mowbray is hopeful the Dutchman will be fit.

Goalkeeper Jason Steele (wrist) played through the pain barrier against the Foxes and will keep his place with rookie Connor Ripley on the bench as back-up in the absence of Danny Coyne (calf). Julio Arca serves the final game of a three-match ban.

Crystal Palace welcome back captain Paddy McCarthy after suspension for the trip to the Riverside.

Paul McShane has extended his loan deal from Hull until the end of the season but could make way if McCarthy returns to the starting XI.

Left-back Dean Moxey is fit after a spell out with a knee injury but midfield player Jonathan Williams is still recovering from the broken leg he suffered in November.