Grant McCann has confirmed that a number of important first-team players remain unavailable for Hull City’s Championship fixture against Middlesbrough.
George Honeyman, Josh Magennis and Tom Huddlestone are all still recovering from injury, while Lewie Coyle will also serve out his one-match suspension after being sent off against Blackpool on Tuesday.
“George Honeyman is getting better but we won’t see him now until after the international break,” McCann said.
“We imagine he might be back for Huddersfield.
“It’s the same situation for Tom Huddlestone and Josh Magennis.
“In terms of Lewie Coyle, we’ve got a natural replacement for him in Josh Emmanuel.
“Josh is a top-class player and has been very unfortunate to not be in our team with the form of Lewie.
“He’s an ultimate professional and trains fantastically every single day.
“When he’s played in our team, he’s been very good.
“Randell Williams is getting better after picking up a little knock in training.
“He should be on the pitch at some point today (Thursday).”
One player who is available for Saturday’s game against Middlesbrough is Tom Eaves, and McCann says that the striker has given him food for thought after scoring the equaliser against Blackpool on Tuesday having come on as a late substitute.
“I’ve been really pleased with Tom Eaves over the past three or four weeks,” McCann added.
“We had an honest conversation in my office about the amount of forwards that we’ve got at the football club.
“There was a lot of speculation around whether he was going to leave or not.
“Tom wanted to stay and fight for his place and we were happy with that.
“Over the past three or four weeks, he’s got his head down and has trained very well.
“You can see that hunger in his eyes again.
“I was pleased for him when he came on and scored because he’s deserved that in terms of how he’s approached training and gone about his business every day.”