Hull City manager Grant McCann has warned that striker Tom Eaves could be set for an extended spell on the out of action with an ankle injury suffered in his side’s 2-1 defeat at Preston North End on Saturday afternoon.
Eaves was stretchered off 64 minutes into the game at Deepdale following a heavy challenge, and the Tigers are now waiting anxiously for news on the striker.
Providing an early assessment of the injury suffered by Eaves after the game, McCann was quoted by the Hull Daily Mail as saying: “It looks a bad one. It was a shocking tackle, he’s come right in behind, right on his ankle. Off the floor, no booking, no free-kick.
“It looks serious. He’s in a boot. We’ll find out more over the weekend.”
Since joining Hull from League One side Gillingham back in the summer transfer window, Eaves has scored eight goals in 35 appearances in all competitions for the Tigers.
Following that defeat to Deepdale, Hull are now 17th in the Championship table, seven points clear of the relegation zone, ahead of their trip to 23rd place Barnsley on Wednesday night.
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McCann will already be without one attacking option for that game, with on-loan Mallik Wilks – who opened the scoring at Preston on Saturday – ineligible to face his parent club.
This will be a big concern for Hull.
Having not won in their last nine games in all competitions, the last thing they need now is for injuries to start piling up again and stretching the squad.
Indeed, with the turnover their attacking options have gone through in the past couple of months, that position in particular they could well do without such a problem in, especially to a figure such as Eaves who can be something of a focal point for them.
This will also be frustrating for Eaves as well, who may have seen this as a chance to establish himself as that key player for the Tigers in the coming weeks, an opportunity that may now have gone for him.