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Posted on 27 April 2007  - 12:00

Teemu Tainio is out of the trip to Middlesbrough on Saturday but Chris Hughton hasn't given up hope on him appearing again before the end of the season.

Teemu Tainio is out of the trip to Middlesbrough on Saturday but Chris Hughton hasn't given up hope on him appearing again before the end of the season.The midfielder picked up an ankle injury against Arsenal last weekend and joins Anthony Gardner (hairline fracture, fibula), Lee Young-Pyo, Benoit Assou-Ekotto (both knee) and Mido (groin) on the sidelines for the Teeside encounter.

“We’re hopeful Teemu might be available for the final three games of the season,” reported Chris on Thursday.

“Anthony and Young-Pyo Lee remain out, as does Benoit, but he’s working hard on his rehabilitation and he’s not too far away.

“Mido has a slight groin strain and is not in contention but we’re also hopeful he’ll be available for the last three games.”

One plus is that Paul Stalteri looks set to be available after a thigh problem. “He’s trained and is very much in contention,” added Chris.