Aitor Karanka: Middlesbrough boss pleased with 'amazing' squad

Middlesbrough are top of the Championship, having won four of their last five league games

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has said his side's strong form and good health is "not a coincidence" after they went top of the Championship.

Emilio Nsue scored the only goal as the Teessiders earned a narrow victory over promotion-chasing Burnley on Tuesday.

Boro are unbeaten in five league games, while defender Alex Baptiste is their only long-term injury absentee.

"We have an amazing squad, I have an amazing staff - I have an amazing medical staff," Karanka told BBC Tees.

"It's not a coincidence. We have a very good atmosphere in the changing room and a very good recipe with everybody working together."

Middlesbrough are also likely to be boosted by the return of Australia centre-back Rhys Williams, who will play in an under-21 game this week as he continues his recovery from a torn Achilles.

Williams was hurt in Boro's FA Cup win over Barnsley in January, as he made his first start since suffering the same injury in a league game against Wigan 12 months earlier.

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