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Mansfield have not played since a 3-2 win over Hartlepool United on Boxing Day – their fifth consecutive victory.
Nigel Clough‘s side have won 10 of their last 11 matches in all competitions, a run which has seen them rise from League Two’s relegation zone to three points behind the playoffs.
No team in the fourth tier have picked up more points on home turf this season and the Stags have won their last six games at Field Mill; not losing there since the start of October.
Mansfield have knocked out League One sides Sunderland and Doncaster Rovers in the FA Cup so far this campaign, but have only progressed past the third round once in the last 34 years.
That occasion came in 2008 when they faced Middlesbrough in round four – the most recent meeting between the two sides – and Gareth Southgate‘s Boro team won 2-0 at Field Mill.
Two unnamed Mansfield players have been ruled out of the game after testing positive for Covid-19, but Nigel Clough has the majority of his squad available again after recent postponed matches.
Harry Charsley, George Lapslie and Stephen Quinn are all back in training following recent injuries; Charsley completed 90 minutes in a friendly against Derby County Under-23s on Tuesday.
Top scorer Danny Johnson, who has been absent since the end of October with a foot injury, also played in the game and will be assessed ahead of the cup tie.
Chris Wilder is expected to rotate for the trip to Field Mill and could hand rare opportunities to the likes of Grant Hall and Martin Payero.
Aaron Connolly will be eager to make his debut after signing on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion, but James Lea Siliki is away at the Africa Cup of Nations with Cameroon.
Youngsters such as Josh Coburn, who has just signed a new contract, as well as Sol Brynn and Nathan Wood, who have just returned from loan spells away, may be given the chance to impress.
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Mansfield Town possible starting lineup:
Bishop; Hewitt, Rawson, Hawkins, McLaughlin; Stirk, O-Toole, Maris; Charsley, Bowery, Oates
Middlesbrough possible starting lineup:
Brynn; Fry, Hall, Wood; Dijksteel, Malley, McNair, Payero, Kokolo; Coburn, Connolly