Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray says he's hopeful his side can continue to challenge for automatic promotion to the Premier League this season.
Boro are one of three teams tied on 47 points in the Championship table, and sit just two points behind second-placed Hull. The Teessiders were in a similar position at this stage last season, but slipped out of the play-off places after a poor run of results.
However, Mowbray is confident his side can compete with the other teams around them.
Speaking ahead of tonight's trip to Leicester, he said: "To be more than half-way through the season to be two points off an automatic promotion place, I think we'd have bitten your hand off if you'd have offered it us at the start of the season.
"So with players coming back I would be hopeful we would get stronger.
Mowbray added: "If we have a 90 percent fit squad for the remainder of the season then we won't be too far away I'm sure.
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