It’s safe to say that it’s been a 2020 to forget for Hull City, with the Tigers struggling for positive results in their league campaign.
The Tigers have only won two games since the turn of the New Year, and have lost six of their last seven matches, which has seen them slip down to 15th in the Championship table.
Hull are back in action on Friday when they take on play-off chasing Swansea City, in what is certain to be a potentially tricky test if they’re to pick up a much-needed three points.
Speaking in a pre-match press conference (quotes sourced from the Yorkshire Post) ahead of their game against the Swans, Hull boss Grant McCann issued a positive injury update on some of his key players.
“It is looking a bit better on the injury front. Hopefully, by Monday of next week, we will have De Wijs, Burke, Samuelsen and Angus MacDonald all coming back.”
“He has a full week’s training now and leading into the Blackburn game, it was a big risk, really.”
It was also revealed that Matt Pennington is back in the fold to return against Swansea, alongside fellow defender Ryan Tafazolli, who has also been sidelined through injury in recent weeks.
McCann issued an important update on their progress, and the Hull boss stated that they will be in his mind when it comes to selecting the team against the Swans on Friday evening.
“He definitely comes into my thinking. Taff trained today and it was his first day back, but with Tafazolli, he has not been out too long and only missed possibly about eight to ten days.
“Once again, he will come into my thinking.”
McCann went on to reveal that Kevin Stewart has returned to first team training, whilst also issuing a positive update on the fitness of midfielder Jon Toral, who hasn’t featured their game against Fulham back in early November 2019.
“Jon has had a good week’s training and is getting fitter and sharper. It would be good to get him another week and then he starts to come into the thinking then.”
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This is a positive injury update for the Tigers.
They’ve really struggled in recent weeks, and it’s clear to see that the squad could definitely benefit from having other options available to them in the near future.
If the likes of Stewart, MacDonald, de Wijs and Burke weren’t deemed fit enough for the foreseeable future, then I wouldn’t have been surprised to see Hull being drawn into a potential relegation battle, which would have bene almost unthinkable almost two months ago, as they had previously been challenging for the play-offs.
Grant McCann will be pleased to slowly see light at the end of the tunnel in terms of injuries though.