Hull City manager Grant McCann has revealed that the Tigers are set to be without Tom Eaves for the rest of the season, while Reece Burke, Jordy De Wijs and Jon Toral have all suffered injury setbacks following the 1-0 defeat against Barnsley.
Eaves did not feature for the Tigers against Barnsley on Wednesday night, having suffered an ankle ligament injury in their 2-1 defeat at Preston North End, and that injury now looks like it will keep the forward from featuring in any of Hull’s last 11 Championship matches.
McCann’s side were also without the presence of Burke for the defeat against Barnsley after he had suffered a knock in training, while both De Wijs and Toral had been called into the starting line-up, but were forced off the field through injury to leave the Tigers light on options heading into the weekend.
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Speaking to the Hull Daily Mail following the defeat against Barnsley, McCann explained that Eaves will not be featuring again for the Tigers for the rest of the campaign, while all of Burke, De Wijs and Toral will be monitored to see how bad their respective injuries are over the next few days.
He said: “Jordy looks like he’s done his calf. Reece Burke missed the game because he walked out of training yesterday because of a calf injury.
“Jon Toral felt his hamstring. Again, we’ll have to wait and see on that one.
“Tom Eaves will not play again this season. Eaves is a big loss. As I said after the game on Saturday (at Preston) it was a horrendous tackle on him.”
This is the last thing that Hull needed, with the Tigers now involved in a real scrap to ensure that they do not suffer relegation to League One this season, following what has been a pretty disastrous start to the New Year for McCann’s side, which has seen them sell key players and lose others through injury problems.
Eaves has not been able to be prolific in front of goal so far this season for the Tigers, but he has provided an extra physical presence up front when he has been called upon, and his absence for the rest of the campaign will leave McCann needing to find a solution to a lack of attacking options up front.
Hull had also just recently got both Burke and De Wijs back to fitness, after the pair have been out injured over the past few weeks, so it will be a real blow to see both of those out for a spell once again – and the Tigers could really have done with the pair coming back in and helping to add some defensive solidity.
As if things could not be any worse for the Tigers, they will also likely now miss Toral again for a spell, and the creative midfielder’s presence in the middle of the park will once again be a miss for McCann’s side, as they look to turn around their form and move away from the relegation zone.