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McCann on Honeyman: ‘He’s A Massive Player For Us’

21 September 2021

Grant McCann says he’s delighted to have George Honeyman back available after the midfielder returned from injury at half-time against Sheffield United.

The 27-year-old replaced Josh Magennis to make his first appearance of the season for the Tigers.

“It’s brilliant to have him back,” said McCann when asked how important it was to have the club’s 2020/21 Player of the Season back available.

“He was flying around out there and was just delighted to be back.

“To have a winner back in the dressing room, and someone who likes to play on the edge, is going to be huge for us.

“He’s a massive player for us.”

Having not made an appearance for the Tigers since May, Honeyman did show a few signs of fatigue in the latter stages of the game against the Blades, but McCann insists that it’s nothing to worry about.

“I think he was just stiff and tired,” McCann added.

“It’s been his first week of training.

“He was a bit sore on Thursday and we didn’t think he was going to make the game.

“To be honest, I didn’t want to give him any longer than 30 minutes.

“I thought he came on and made a massive impact for us.”

Although Honeyman made his return against the Blades, McCann was without two other important first-team players in the form of Greg Docherty and Tom Huddlestone, who both picked up hamstring injuries in the build-up to the game.

“It’s disappointing for Greg (Docherty),” McCann said.

“He felt his hamstring on Friday, so we didn’t want to take a risk with him.

“I left out Tom (Huddlestone) on Tuesday because I wanted to try and have him involved against Sheffield United.

“Unfortunately, he picked up a hamstring injury in training.

“It’s frustrating for us but it’s not too bad.”

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