Kevin Thomson keen to impress Middlesbrough supporters

Kevin Thomson
Kevin Thomson (left) came through unscathed in his first start since New Year's Day in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Barnsley

Middlesbrough midfielder Kevin Thomson hopes to give fans a glimpse of his full potential having returned to action after a troublesome leg injury.

The 26-year-old made his first start since January in the 1-1 draw with Barnsley, having played just 14 games following his summer move from Rangers.

"I'm looking forward to the last five or six games, I'm champing at the bit," Thomson told BBC Tees.

"Fingers crossed I can show people what I'm all about," he added.

"The manager asked me how I felt after the game and would I be able to go again on Tuesday, and I can't wait to go again.

"I'm leggy. I felt a bit tired after the half-hour mark and thought I'd blown a gasket so to speak.

"I've been out for four and a half months, so I'm not going to lose any sleep about that. I know within a few games I'll be back up to speed."

Thomson arrived from Ibrox for £2m last summer as part of Gordon Strachan's squad rebuilding programme.

But his season was placed in jeopardy when he fractured the fibia in his right leg during the 0-0 draw with Leicester City in August.

Several attempts to make a first team return have ended in setbacks. But the Scotland international is confident that this latest comeback will be successful.

"I hope I'm 100% fit," said Thomson. "Early doors, I got my body in a few times. It's a big part of my game, which I wasn't very comfortable about doing when I just got back.

"I almost knew that, as soon as I got a bump on it. I felt as though I was going to break down, but I got caught in a wee cluster of players in the first couple of minutes and one of the players wrapped his leg around me but it just bounced off.

"These things are obviously reassuring when you're coming back from a leg break, but I feel all right.

"Obviously I'm not fit but I've been out for a long time and I'm glad to be back out there playing again."

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