Grant Leadbitter is hoping competition for places up front will help to keep Middlesbrough in the race for promotion to the Barclays Premier League.
Middlesbrough went top of the Championship table for a couple of hours after a 2-0 home win over Derby in Saturday's early game.
Manager Aitor Karanka basked in the "best afternoon" of his managerial career after Middlesbrough rose to the summit of the Sky Bet Championship.
Jonathan Woodgate could return for Middlesbrough in Saturday's Sky Bet Championship clash with leaders Derby at the Riverside Stadium
Aitor Karanka has been banned from the Middlesbrough dugout for Saturday's Sky live Championship game against Derby.
Cleveland Police have launched an appeal for information over an incident of alleged racist abuse in Blackburn's 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough earlier this month.
Eight non-league sides go into Monday's draw for the third round of the FA Cup dreaming of playing a Premier League giant.
Middlesbrough moved into fourth place in the Sky Bet Championship with a first-half blitz as Millwall were hammered 5-1 on Saturday afternoon.