Mowbray hopes for Williams return before end of season

Rhys Williams

Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray remains hopeful Rhys Williams will play again this season despite suffering an ankle ligament injury.

The 23-year-old midfielder missed Saturday's with the problem, with no time scale placed on his return.

"He's damaged ligaments in his ankle, so it's never a week or so," Mowbray told BBC Tees.

"Let's hope we can see him again this season and he's got a part to play."

Mowbray added: "He'll have two or three weeks in a cast, and then we'll reassess once he has that off and starts running to see how bad it is."

Williams, an Australia international, has been a regular for Middlesbrough this season with 39 appearances and recently signed a four-year deal at the Riverside.