Hull suffer double injury setback

Hull City are likely to be without key strikers Abel Hernandez and Nikica Jelavic until at least mid-February after both picked up injuries on Saturday, BBC Sport has reported.

Manager Steve Bruce was forced into two substitutions during the first half of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion, a result which saw the club slip back into the bottom three. First, Jelavic suffered a knee injury, before Hernandez limped off with an adductor muscle problem.

A Hull statement on Monday said that Jelavic is “is expected to be sidelined for between three and six weeks”. Meanwhile, Hernandez has suffered a “small grade two tear for which the normal recovery timeframe is around four to six weeks”.

The two injuries have only served to exacerbate the Tigers’ growing list of absentees, with Mohamed Diame, Robert Snodgrass, Liam Rosenior and Andrew Robertson among those also on the sidelines.

Therefore, Bruce will be hoping for forward Sone Aluko and playmaker Gaston Ramirez to be fit for Sunday’s trip to West Ham United. The duo are both recovering from injuries themselves, but could be in contention for the game at Upton Park.

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