Rudy Gestede: Middlesbrough striker ruled out for rest of the season with ankle fracture

Rudy Gestede picked up the ankle injury late into Middlesbrough's 3-1 win against Hull City
Rudy Gestede picked up the ankle injury late into Middlesbrough's 3-1 win against Hull City

Middlesbrough striker Rudy Gestede will miss the rest of the season after fracturing his ankle in their midweek win against Hull City.

The 29-year-old scored twice in the 3-1 victory, but sustained the injury in the closing stages of the game.

Gestede missed several months earlier this season after picking up an leg injury in a "freak" incident.

"It's a massive blow for us. Out of all of the strikers, he's looked the most likely to score," boss Tony Pulis said.external-link

"We're really disappointed, but we've got options up there, whether it's Patrick [Bamford] or Britt [Assombalonga], they have to step up to the plate."

Middlesbrough face struggling local rivals Sunderland on Saturday and are three points outside the Championship play-off places in eighth.

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