Kei Kamara ruled out for four weeks

Kei Kamara #23 of Sporting Kansas City moves up the field against the Chicago Fire during an MLS match at Toyota Park on July 7, 2013
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Middlesbrough striker Kei Kamara is ruled out for four weeks with a knee injury.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has admitted that he is disappointed to lose striker Kei Kamara for four weeks through injury.

Kamara suffered a knee problem just before the break in Middlesbrough's 2-2 draw at Birmingham City last weekend, but Karanka is hopeful that he can replace the Senegalese forward.

The 40-year-old told BBC Tees: "He's a good player and good character for the team because Kei is always desperate to play. It's a blow.

"It means other players have a chance to play. We have a lot of good forwards here."

Kamara has scored four goals in 14 appearances since arriving at the Riverside Stadium in September.

Middlesbrough's Mustapha Carayol celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal against Birmingham during their Championship match on December 7, 2013
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