Middlesbrough make striker eligible for Bristol Rovers’ FA Cup clash

Josh Coburn has been made eligible to play in the FA Cup by parent club Middlesbrough, and is likely to go straight into the first team on Sunday.

The Championship side told Bristol Rovers that they wished for the 19-year-old to not feature in Joey Barton’s side first round tie against Rochdale.

However, it has been confirmed that Coburn will be able to feature against National League side Boreham Wood on Sunday.

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“I’m really happy... It was a bit frustrating in the first game, watching from the sidelines, but I’m happy to be back.

“Especially not being injured, you just know you’re ready and raring to go , it was frustrating but  I’m back now and that’s the main thing.”

Coburn had to watch his side scrape past league two side Rochdale, with Scott Sinclair’s goal being the all important one setting up a second round tie.

The Boro-loanee has plenty of pedigree in the FA Cup, scoring the winner against Tottenham Hotspur in the fifth round last season, before losing in the quarter finals to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

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“Tottenham was an amazing experience and playing against Chelsea was amazing, that’s what the FA cup can do. so obviously if we get past this round we could get anyone. So we are really looking forward to it.”

Something for the Gas to look out for with the visit of Boreham Wood to the Memorial Stadium is the away side’s FA Cup run last season, eventually losing to Premier League side Everton in the fifth round, beating EFL sides Bournemouth and AFC Wimbledon on the way.

“We’re going to have to do really well Sunday, obviously they did well in the cup last  year, so it’ll be another tough test but we’re ready for it.”

Coburn has been in fine form so far this season, scoring four in eight whilst donning the blue and white shirt and Boro boss Michael Carrick’s choice to let the youngster play is a huge boost for the Gas.

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“I think I’ve brought a bit of physicality and obviously scored a few goals as well and the team is doing well at the minute as well, winning games.

Playing a few games and obviously hitting the back of the net is always helpful - I think you play your best football when you’ve had a run of games , I’ve had four consecutive in the league and that’s really helped me.”

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