Missing on-loan Chelsea man sends message to Boro teammates

Patrick Bamford has sent a message to his Middlesbrough teammates as he sits out their match against Fulham

Patrick Bamford will not feature for Middlesbrough today as the on-loan Chelsea forward recovers from ilness.

The 21-year-old is unavailable for the game against Fulham and has sent a message to his teammates ahead of the clash.

"Good luck to the boys today!" Bamford wrote.  "Gutted to miss out through illness.  Three points before the break will do."

The striker has made seven appearances for Middlesbrough so far this season, but he is yet to replicate his previous fine form, netting just twice to date.

However, it was always going to take him to settle at a new club and the player who is already something of a regular on the loan market will hope his teammates do him proud in his absence.

A win could push them back into the play-off places against a Fulham side desperate to climb away from the relegation zone.

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