Williams blow for Middlesbrough

  • Last Updated: August 30 2012, 17:32 BST

Middlebrough skipper Rhys Williams could miss most of the season after damaging ankle ligaments.

Williams: Damaged ankle ligaments

The 24-year-old collapsed halfway through Boro's Capital One Cup victory over Gillingham on Tuesday night.

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray told the club's official website: "He's had scans and he's damaged his ankle ligaments, which is what we suspected.

"He will now see a specialist to decide if he needs an operation or not but it's still going to be a considerable time out.

"It's a blow to both Rhys and to the club. We were going to depend on his quality and athleticism this year."

Mowbray has acted swiftly to cover the absence of Williams, and fellow injured defender Jonathan Woodgate, by bringing in former Burnley centre-half Andre Amougou on trial.