Hull’s Koren to be sidelined for five weeks

Hull City have been handed a setback, after receiving the news that midfielder Robert Koren will be out of action for up to five weeks with a foot injury, Sky Sports has reported.

Koren has been suffering from the injury for around two weeks, and played with it during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Cardiff City in the Premier League. However, the problem worsened against the Bluebirds, and a precautionary X-Ray, taken on Monday, has revealed its true extent.

Manager Steve Bruce told the club website: “We think Robert will be out for four or five weeks because he’s fractured his right foot. That is a bitter blow to us. He did it a couple of weeks ago and to be fair he’s played with it.

“But last Saturday it was worse and so we scanned it and X-rayed it and those have revealed a hairline fracture to one of the bones in his foot.”

But Bruce, who has seen his side pick up four points from their opening four Premier League games, believes it is the perfect opportunity for someone else to make an important contribution, with Robbie Brady, David Meyler, Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore, George Boyd and Stephen Quinn all vying for a midfield position.

He added: ‘When somebody is out injured, somebody else is going to get a chance – that is how football works.” he said. There’s a few that have been champing at the bit with the likes of George Boyd and Stephen Quinn in particular, so one of them will step into the breach.”

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