Hull City head coach Grant McCann has revealed that Stephen Kingsley, Matthew Pennington, Reece Burke and Jon Toral all have a fighting chance of being fit for the Championship clash with Wigan Athletic next weekend.
Kingsley missed the draw with Millwall last weekend with a hamstring injury he suffered in training, while Pennington, Burke and Toral were all taken off during the 1-1 draw at The Den.
Pennington suffered a calf injury after just 17 minutes of the draw, while Burke was taken off after an hour with a hamstring problem.
Toral came off the bench during the second half, but had to be taken off almost immediately with a hamstring injury, resulting in his side being reduced to nine men for the remainder of the game.
However, McCann has revealed that all four players are making good progress in training and admitted that there is a decent chance they will be fit for the clash against Wigan at the KCOM Stadium after the international break.
“Stephen, Matty, Jon and Reece all have a fighting chance of being fit for the Wigan game, which is really positive news,” McCann told Hull’s club website.
“A couple of them were out on the grass on Friday, doing some running with our conditioning coach Alex, and hopefully they’ll all be back out with him again on Monday or Tuesday.
“If that proves to be the case, then we’ll just have to see how things go from there with regards to (their availability for) the Wigan game.”
Hull are currently 20th in the Championship table after taking five points from their opening six league matches and are without a win in their last five games in all competitions.
Wigan are 22nd in the Championship table – just one point behind Hull – and are without a win since the opening day of season after losing five of their last six matches in all competitions.
This is good news for Hull. Even though we’re just a few games into the season, it’s a big game against Wigan at the weekend and McCann will want his best players available.
The Championship is an extremely competitive league and after a bit of a slow start, it’s important that Hull start to pick up a few wins and build some momentum.
Even if they miss the game at the weekend, this update from McCann suggests that the four players can’t be far away from returning to action, which is positive news for Hull fans.