Middlesbrough v Aston Villa gets added poignancy by Percovich return

Leo Percovich, Boro’s former goalkeeping coach, returns to the Riverside for the Championship play-off semi-final after losing two daughters in a car crash

Shortly after 5pm on Saturday evening the mood at the Riverside is expected to turn almost unbearably poignant. For a few moments at least the impending, potentially season-defining duels, between Adama Traoré and Alan Hutton and Britt Assombalonga and John Terry, will no longer seem to matter quite so much.

As Middlesbrough prepare to kick off against Aston Villa in a play-off semi-final which could help transform club finances and individual careers, Leo Percovich is scheduled to complete an emotional journey from Rio de Janeiro to the stadium’s posh seats.

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via Football | The Guardian

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