Hull City have only 14 outfield players currently available ahead of the new season following the revelation that Moses Odubajo is to be sidelined for six months with a knee ligament injury, as reported by the BBC.
Excellent 2015-2016 season for Odubajo
After joining Hull for £3.5m from Brentford at the start of last season, Odubajo made 42 Championship appearances for the Tigers during a promotion winning campaign.
Despite missing out on automatic promotion, Steve Bruce’s side secured their return to the Premier by winning the Play-Offs, as they beat Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 in the final.
Odubajo played in that game and produced an assured display to mark the end of an excellent season for the 22-year-old, throughout which he performed reliably well.
As such the full back has become a key player for Hull with his injury, which he sustained during the club’s 0-0 friendly draw with Grimsby last Friday, representing a major blow to both Odubajo himself and his manager Bruce.
“First and foremost it is desperately disappointing news for Moses. He was exceptional for us last season as we won promotion back to the Premier League and we expect him to be a top player for many years to come. I know how much he was looking forward to testing himself in the top flight of English football and to now have to sit out the first half of the season is a big blow for him and the club,” said Bruce in an interview with Sky Sports.
Hull injury list lengthens
Odubajo becomes the third Hull player to have suffered a long – term injury in pre-season with both goalkeeper Alan McGregor and centre back Alex Bruce also set to be sidelined for lengthy periods.
Whilst the 31-year-old Bruce is currently out of action due to an Achilles injury, Scottish internationalist McGregor requires to have surgery on the back injury which caused him to miss last season’s Championship play-offs.
Unfortunately for Bruce in addition to his trio of long – term absentees, several other members of Hull’s first team squad are out injured, to leave the England Managerial Candidate working with just 14 fit players, less than four weeks before the club’s first Premier League game of the season against Champions Leicester on 13 August.
Therefore Bruce is currently seeking reinforcements to strengthen Hull’s depleted squad and has taken the Nigerian internationalist Peter Odemwingie on trial, following the 35-year-old’s release from Stoke at the end of last season.