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Striker Cristhian Stuani could be included in leaders Middlesbrough’s squad after returning from suspension.
Left-back George Friend (hamstring) is doubtful, with loan signing Ritchie de Laet in line to deputise.
Ipswich will again be without strikers Daryl Murphy (calf) and Luke Varney (hamstring).
On-loan Fulham midfielder Ben Pringle is available again but forward Larsen Toure will not travel because of a groin injury.
- Middlesbrough have won their past three home games against the Tractor Boys, scoring eight goals and conceding one
- Ipswich, who lost 2-0 to Boro this season, have not lost twice to the Teesiders in a season since 1975-76
- Since conceding three goals to Sheffield Wednesday at the Riverside in August 2014, Middlesbrough have shipped only 16 goals in 42 home league matches – and never more than one in a game
- The Tractor Boys have won only one of their past nine away games (D4 L4)
- Jordan Rhodes has scored four goals in his past five league games for Middlesbrough, after netting just one in his first 10