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Jones Available For Crewe Clash

1 April 2021

Alfie Jones is fit and available for Hull City's Good Friday fixture against Crewe Alexandra, Grant McCann has confirmed.

The versatile 23-year-old was withdrawn in the latter stages of the draw with Gillingham following a collision with Gills goalkeeper Jack Bonham.

“Alfie is fine,” McCann said. “He followed the (concussion) protocols in the early part of the week and trained as normal yesterday – non-contact but full contact today.”

McCann reported no new injury concerns ahead of the Tigers’ first trip to the Alexandra Stadium in 14 years.

“Everyone is fine, in good spirits, in good form,” he said. “We’ve had Max Clark (hamstring) and Brandon Fleming (pubic bone injury) on the training ground this week.

“We’ve been able to get some minutes into players in a game (Under-23s) on Monday against Crewe, which was great. Everyone is in a good place, looking forward to the game.”

McCann is hopeful forward Josh Magennis and winger Gavin Whyte will be involved in the matchday squad following international duty with Northern Ireland.

The game will come too soon for club captain Richie Smallwood but the experienced midfielder is making progress in his recovery from a knee injury.

“Richie’s been on the grass doing some straight line running,” McCann revealed. “It was nice to see him out there.

“He’s making very good progress. In terms of a time scale, I’m not sure – whether it’s next week, the week after or the week after that.

“We’ve got to see how he responds to training and the loads the sports science staff are setting him.

“It’s nice to see him out on the grass doing some running and I’m sure the balls will start coming out soon.”

Centre-back Reece Burke will miss the next two to three weeks after sustaining a calf injury in training the day before the Gillingham match.

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