Hull City manager Grant McCann says he is “devastated” for the club’s January signing James Scott, with the teenager facing the prospect of missing the rest of the season through injury.
Scott only joined the Tigers from Scottish Premiership Motherwell on the final day of the January transfer window, with the 19-year-old striker yet to make his debut for the club.
Speaking after his side’s 3-0 defeat at Blackburn on Tuesday night, McCann had warned that Scott was facing an extended spell on the sidelines through injury, and it appears the club’s worst fears have now been realised.
Providing an update on the injury suffered by Scott ahead of his side’s clash with Swansea on Friday night, McCann was quoted by the Hull Daily Mail as saying: “We’ll hopefully know a bit more when we get the review from the consultant.
“We don’t know the extent of the damage but it’s not going to be a matter of weeks. It’s probably going to be months.
“It’s tough because he’s come down from Scotland and in his first day he gets injured in training.”
It certainly seems as though news of Scott’s injury has hit the club hard, as discussing the reaction to the news about the striker, McCann continued: “He was so happy and delighted to be here.
“He hadn’t been injured for four or five years and it’s just an unfortunate incident on the training ground with no one near him. He’s just twisted on his ankle.
“We were all devastated for him. We gave him a few days to get his head right but we’ll able to know more now that the swelling has gone down.”
Scott, who signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with Hull, previously made 42 appearances in all competitions during his time at Motherwell, scoring seven goals.
The 19-year-old is not the only player Hull look set to be without long-term. Defender and captain Eric Lichaj, and on-loan Liverpool midfielder Herbie Kane are both also expected to be out of action for the rest of the season.
You can’t help but feel for Scott here.
The chance to play in the Championship, potentially competing for the play-offs and filling the void left by none other than Jarrod Bowen, is one that the teenager would surely have been relishing.
That that is now gone will be hugely frustrating, something that will not be helped by the fact that it appears to have come about as the result of an innocuous training injury, although at his age, Scott must remember that he will still have plenty of chances to impress in his career.
Even so, with their injury list seemingly starting to pile up somewhat, this is an update that McCann and Hull themselves could well have done without.