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Hull stay in the relegation zone

Steve Bruce's men haven't scored in 10 of their last 15 matches Credit: Press Association

Hull City remain in the Premier League relegation zone after losing at West Ham this afternoon.

Steve Bruce's Tigers, who are severely depleted by injuries, finished the match without a goal and now haven't scored in 10 of their last 15 matches.

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Bruce: Plans in place to ease injury crisis

Sport now and Hull City manager Steve Bruce has bemoaned his side's list of injuries ahead of the trip to West Ham on Sunday.

The Tigers slipped into the Premier League's bottom three last week following defeat at West Brom. Both strikers Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez were injured during the game.

They joined a growing casualty list at the KC Stadium but Bruce says plans are in place to ease the current crisis:


Tigers' attack gets training boost

Sone Aluko and Gaston Ramirez will return to training ahead of Hull's trip to West Ham to offer manager Steve Bruce some hope of solving his striker crisis.

Sone Aluko will return to training ahead of Hull's trip to West Ham Credit: Press Association

Bruce saw strike pair Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez injured in the 1-0 defeat at West Brom last weekend with both out for several weeks.

Andy Robertson (ankle), Liam Rosenior (hamstring), and Mohamed Diame (knee) remain out.

Provisional squad: McGregor, Jakupovic, Harper, Chester, Davies, Maguire, McShane, Figueroa, Bruce, Elmohamady, Livermore, Meyler, Ince, Brady, Quinn, Huddlestone, Aluko, Ramirez, Sagbo.

Hull to be told Ince fee at compensation tribunal

Hull expect to find out on Thursday how much they will have to pay for former Blackpool winger Tom Ince.

Hull expect to find out on Thursday how much they will have to pay for former Blackpool winger Tom Ince. Credit: Press Association

Representatives from both clubs will attend a tribunal on Thursday to fix the level of compensation due to the Championship side, Press Association Sport understands.

Ince moved to the KC Stadium in July after his Blackpool contract had expired, but as he is only 22 his former club are entitled to a fee.

Ince started City's first three Premier League games of the season but was subsequently loaned to Nottingham Forest, returning to feature against Arsenal in the FA Cup and West Brom in the league.

Hull manager Bruce gives injury update

Hull boss Steve Bruce has received mixed news on the injury front ahead of Sunday's Barclays Premier League trip to West Ham.

Hull manager Steve Bruce Credit: Press Association

Gaston Ramirez and Sone Aluko could both be back in contention after making quicker than expected progress from their respective complaints.

But both Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez face being ruled out for up to six weeks after pulling up with problems in Saturday's 1-0 defeat at West Brom.

The Tigers' second straight loss saw them dumped back in the relegation zone and Bruce can ill afford the absence of so many of his key players.

Ramirez had initially been expected to be ruled out for six weeks after picking up a groin problem against Everton at New Year's Day while Aluko missed the West Brom loss with a calf injury.

Scans have shown Jelavic suffered no serious damage to his knee at The Hawthorns but will still be ruled out until at least the end of January, while Hernandez has a small tear in his adductor muscle.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Diame is set to step up his recovery from a knee injury sustained in the 1-1 draw at Everton at the start of December, but an estimated return date is yet to be determined.


Bruce fears Pulis factor ahead of Baggies clash

Steve Bruce has good reason to fear West Brom under new boss Tony Pulis - for it was little more than a year ago that his Hull side fell victim to Crystal Palace within hours of Pulis being installed as manager.

Bruce fears Pulis factor ahead of Baggies clash Credit: Press Association

Bruce admits that Pulis' appointment was "the worst thing" that could happen to the other managers at relegation-threatened clubs, such is his proven track record.

The Tigers visit to the Hawthorns on Saturday could be decisive in terms of where the two sides finish come the middle of May - Hull are a point ahead of the Baggies on 19 points after a couple of crucial wins over Christmas.

Bruce said: "Him being appointed was the worst thing that could happen to us all, and I mean that in a respectful way to Tony. His tenure at Crystal Palace was nothing short of sensational. I think I said a year ago for all the teams at the bottom it was a bad appointment for us and I think we will all think that against West Brom. He is a proven manager at this level, he knows how to set the team up to make sure they stay in this division and has a good group of players to work with. So for all the rest of us it's a poor appointment but for Tony himself it's good to see him back.

– Steve

Bruce said he is still keeping an eye open on whether Jermain Defoe, currently in Major League Soccer with Toronto, would become available in the transfer window and is also interested in taking Arsenal's young French striker Yaya Sanogo on loan.

It's been made clear that the boy might be available on loan and it's something we'll have a look at. We have got four or five things going, like most Premier League clubs. We'll have to wait and see but, as usual, it will probably happen in the last couple of days. Everyone's jockeying for position. If we can bring a couple in to bolster the squad, that would be great.

– Steve Bruce

Striker Sone Aluko is set to miss the trip to the midlands with a calf injury suffered in the FA Cup defeat at Arsenal. Michael Dawson will be back in the squad however after missing several weeks with a hamstring problem while James Chester (knee) should also be available after missing the Arsenal game.

Hull fans advised to allow extra time to get to Everton game

Football fans in Hull are being asked to allow extra time to get to the KC Stadium today as bus services, including park and ride, will not be running.

There is likely to be higher traffic than normal at the main Walton Street car park and on the roads around the stadium.

Where possible, supporters are also advised to consider car sharing or to use city centre car parks and then walk to the stadium.

There is a rail service in operation and people using the train are advised to check the service that is in operation with it being a bank holiday.

Bruce: Diving threatens Premier League's integrity

Steve Bruce claims players diving threatens the honesty of the Premier League that makes it admired across the world.

Bruce: Diving threatens Premier League's integrity Credit: Press Association

The Hull manager said he was not convinced by calls to introduce a panel to review diving incidents, as has been suggested by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, but said action does need to be taken.

Chelsea have been at the centre of renewed controversy over diving this week and, during their match against Hull on December 13, Diego Costa and Willian were both booked for supposedly taking a tumble, while Bruce compared a Gary Cahill dive to "something out of Swan Lake".

It's very difficult for referees when you have people like [Eden] Hazard and Willian, who are genuinely quick and take you on with a low centre of gravity - the slightest tap can take them over. But when you see a blatant dive, I think you have to take action. The reason why the Barclays Premier League is the league that it is, is for its honesty, its integrity and ferocity. You must remember that people enjoy the honesty of the Premier League all over the world. We can't make it like every other league - it's a different culture. I'm not so sure about a panel, but we have to start taking action against it.

– Steve Bruce

Rosenior a doubt for Tigers' Everton clash

Liam Rosenior is a doubt for Hull's New Year's Day match against Everton with an Achilles problem.

Rosenior a doubt for Tigers' Everton clash Credit: Press Association

Fellow defender James Chester is available again after suspension for the visit of Roberto Martinez's men.

But midfielder Mohamed Diame (knee) and centre-back Michael Dawson (hamstring) are still out.

Provisional squad: McGregor, Jakupovic, Harper, Chester, Davies, Rosenior, McShane, Figueroa, Robertson, Bruce, Elmohamady, Livermore, Meyler, Ince, Brady, Aluko, Quinn, Ramirez, Hernandez, Aluko, Jelavic, Sagbo.

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