Hull City manager Grant McCann has suggested that both Herbie Kane and Eric Lichaj could be set to be ruled out for the rest of the season through injury, while he also suggested James Scott could also join the pair in being ruled out with a lengthy injury.
All three of those players missed out on Hull’s 3-0 defeat at Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday night, which means the Tigers have now lost five of their last six Championship matches, and that will leave McCann’s side potentially looking over their shoulders towards the relegation zone.
Kane, who arrived at the club on loan from Liverpool in January, suffered an ankle ligament injury in training last week which had ruled him out of the trips to Reading and Blackburn, while Lichaj also suffered a similar injury in the second half of the draw with Reading – and Scott who was another January arrival from Motherwell also suffered an ankle injury in training.
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Speaking to the Hull Daily Mail following the Tigers’ defeat at Blackburn, McCann suggested that both Kane and Lichaj could be out for the rest of the campaign, while suggesting Scott could go the same but his injury will be assessed over the net few days.
He said: “Eric is probably going to miss the rest of the season. He has torn ligaments in his ankle. It is the same as Herbie.
“It is exactly the same injury, which is bizarre. It is two blows for us.
“I think both are going to get a second opinion from a specialist. But it is very unlikely we will see them again this season.
“We are waiting on swelling going down (on Scott’s injury).
“Again, the physios think it will be a long term one for the rest of the season. But we will see when the swelling goes down.”
This is yet another major blow for Hull, who are already having to cope with something of an injury crisis especially in terms of their defensive options, and to potentially lose another three players out of the squad for the rest of the season will leave McCann with a real problem to solve over the next few weeks and months.
Kane has been settling into life at Hull having joined on loan from Liverpool, and although he has yet to really show his full potential for the Tigers there had been signs he was growing into his role in the midfield, but it now looks like McCann will be forced to call upon other options in the middle of the park.
Lichaj’s injury will be a real blow for McCann’s side, with the experienced right-back a key presence down the right-hand side of their defence, and with all Hull’s other defensive injuries of late losing him would have been the last thing that McCann would have been wanting.
McCann will also be frustrated that Scott has picked up an injury so soon into his Hull career, having been signed to help boost their attacking options, and Hull would probably have been hoping to give the forward the second half of the season to bed in with his new team-mates, but that could now be affected through his injury.