McGregor and Bruce out for six months in double blow for Hull

Date published: Monday 11th July 2016 12:27 - Oli Fisher

Allan McGregor: Out for six months with back problem

Hull City have been dealt a major double blow at their Portugal training camp as they have lost Allan McGregor and Alex Bruce for up to six months.

Both need operations on injuries sustained; with McGregor failing to recover from a back problem that saw him miss the latter part of season, and Bruce needing surgery on an achilles injury.

Both players will be out until at least November according to the Hull Daily Mail, but Bruce may not be back in action before the turn of the year.

“It’s obviously a blow to lose both of them,” said manager Steve Bruce this morning. “For Alex and Allan, it’s obviously a worry. The way the medical teams have progressed, they’ll come back strongly.

“They’ll be desperately disappointed because there’s nothing worse than trying to go into a new season and pick up injuries like these. I’m sure they’ll be back but it’s a case of when. It’s not a great start, I have to tell you.”

Steve Bruce has admitted he will have to go shopping for a goalkeeper after the injury to first-choice ‘keeper McGregor, with Eldin Jakupovic and Dusan Kuciak the only options at the moment.

Last week, the Tigers secured the signing of highly-rated AFC Wimbledon stopper Will Mannion, but he is expected to start next season in the club’s under-21s development squad.

“The injury to the goalkeeper is a big one,” he added. “You’ve got to go with three goalkeepers and if Allan is going to be out for four to six months I’m going to have to address that. That isn’t healthy.”

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