​Middlesbrough boss Wilder pleased Crooks available for Tottenham

Middlesbrough are set to welcome Matt Crooks back into their squad for the upcoming FA Cup clash against Tottenham.

The Championship outfit, who defeated Manchester United in the last round, will be hoping to knock out another Premier League club.

Manager Chris Wilder is delighted that he can count on Crooks for the game, who was absent for the 3-2 loss to Barnsley at the weekend.

Asked about Crooks, per Teesside Live, Wilder said: “We didn’t want to change that part of the team and obviously we had to on Saturday with Jonny moving out of position.

“That left us in that situation which wasn’t an ideal situation.

“Matt’s been a regular and an important player in the team, making some huge contributions in my time since I’ve been here.

“He’s been good, and he’s had to be because if he wasn’t he wouldn’t be playing and he wouldn’t have a future at the football club.

“But he has got a future at the football club because his attitude is really good, I enjoy working with him, he wants to learn and be better, he has some really good attributes.

“His work ethic is fabulous and he chips in with goals too, which means he plays the position really well.”

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