Football - Konstantopoulos set for Boro start

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka looks set to hand a first start to goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos when his side take on Premier League outfit Hull in the third round of the FA Cup.

The former Hartlepool shotstopper is expected to start in goal in the absence of Jason Steele (ankle) and Shay Given (ineligible).

Midfielder Dean Whitehead returns after serving a one-match ban in Boro's last outing.

Karanka will continue to check on defenders Frazer Richardson (ankle) and Andy Halliday (hernia surgery), who are closing in on a return to fitness.

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