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Pochettino: No regrets over selling fans favourite Dawson

Tottenham Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino has no regrets about allowing former captain Michael Dawson to join Hull City in August.

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has no regrets over selling former fans favourite Michael Dawson to Hull City Credit: Press Association

Dawson, who was a popular figure with Spurs fans, moved to the KC Stadium in search of regular first-team football.

But Pochettino is adamant the transfer only happened because all parties were happy for the move to take place.

Dawson left White Hart Lane and hooked up with former Spurs duo Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore.

"It was not only my decision - we had a chat with Michael about the situation and we agreed the best thing for him was to join Hull," Pochettino said.

"We were transparent with him all the way and we had a very good relationship - we always talked face-to-face, but I don't (regret letting him go) because it wasn't only down to me.

"It was a shared decision - between me, Michael, the club, and we decided the best thing was for him to join Hull.

"It is always sad, for the people who have been close to you for 10 years, when you part because you share a lot of emotions together.

"But this is professional football and when you decide to do something different, you need to look forward.

"Dawson chose to join Hull shortly after I arrived, while the decision to sell Livermore and Huddlestone was taken before I came here, but I am not scared of our old players at Hull.”

Hull pair set to return from injury

Michael Dawson and Nikica Jelavic are both set to return from injury when Hull City host Tottenham Hotspur at the KC Stadium on Sunday.

Dawson could be in line to play against Tottenham for the first time since his move from North London. Credit: Press Association

The pair are on track to feature after recovering from ankle and knee problems respectively, and Dawson could be in line to play against Tottenham for the first time since his move from North London.

With goalkeeper Allan McGregor also ready having returned to full training almost a fortnight ago after recovering from a shoulder problem, it provides a timely boost for manager Steve Bruce and his squad.

Dawson, Jelavic and McGregor have trained all week, so unless something untoward happens I expect them to be in contention to start. Jelavic has done remarkably well to be back in contention and even if we’d had a game last weekend I think he would have been in contention. He’s been determined to get back involved and he’s been doing 12-hour days to get himself back in. It’s been the same with Dawson too. He was just playing the way we expect him to when he got injured against Arsenal. It’s going to be good to see them back because the spine of your team is vitally important and with their Premier League experience, they can be vital for us.

– Steve Bruce

Bruce also hopes to have Curtis Davies available after the centre back returned to training on Thursday. Davies injured his back in the defeat to Burnley last time out.

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Chester: Hull Looking to make amends

Hull City centre back James Chester is hoping his side will bounce back from their first home defeat of the season in their clash at Burnley today (3pm).

The Tigers conceded one of the fastest goal of the season so far as Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama scored from range just two minutes into the game.

City eventually lost 1-0 and Chester admits that his side have learned from that defeat ahead of today's clash.

Bruce out for a month with hamstring injury

Hull defender Alex Bruce will be out for up to a month after injuring his hamstring.

Bruce out for a month with hamstring injury Credit: Press Association

After a spell out of the side, Bruce returned for the Tigers in their 0-0 draw at Liverpool last month and was expected to keep his place for Saturday's home clash against Southampton.

But he went down at the end of the final pre-match training session and missed the match.

The 30-year-old will also be unavailable for Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 qualifier in Romania on November 14, though it is understood he was not in the provisional squad.

"Alex got injured in training on Friday, one of the last kicks of the session," manager Steve Bruce told Hull's official website.

"It's a hamstring but we don't think it's too serious. It's probably going to be two, three or four weeks."

Alex Bruce seeking revenge against Saints

Defender Alex Bruce is desperate for Hull to get their own back on "bogey team" Southampton.

Alex Bruce seeking revenge against Saints Credit: Press Association

The Saints did the double over Bruce and company last season, easing to a 4-1 victory on home turf having already claimed a 1-0 win at the KC Stadium.

They return to East Yorkshire on Saturday on the crest of a wave, lying second in the Barclays Premier League and having won nine of their last 10 matches in all competitions.

But Bruce believes the Tigers have all the motivation they need to end that streak.

They were a bit of a bogey team for us last year. They played very well here and at St Mary's. Hopefully we can put that right with a win. We have to approach it in the right way because we owe them one as it stands. They've hit the ground running this season but hopefully we can stop them in their tracks.

– Alex Bruce

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has won praise for his acumen in the transfer market since replacing Mauricio Pochettino in the summer, with the likes of Graziano Pelle, Dusan Tadic and Toby Alderweireld impressing on their first season in England. But one of his most expensive signings came from Hull - with Koeman shelling out £12million on Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long.

It has been a slow start for him so far, with his first goal coming in the Capital One Cup win over Stoke in midweek, his 12th appearance.

But although he had only been with Hull six months before moving on, Bruce has seen enough of his former team-mate to know he could pose problems at his old stomping ground.

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Long left Hull after just six months at the club Credit: Press Association

Longy came here and did well for us but Southampton head-hunted him and there was a large price tag put on him. He's joined a very good team, he offers a huge threat with his pace. I think he plays wide for them but we'll have to keep on top of him because he is a good player.

– Alex Bruce

Assistant manager Steve Agnew discussed Tom Ince's loan move to Nottingham Forest, insisting the former Blackpool winger had a big future at the club.

He arrived with high hopes this summer, having previously been linked with Inter Milan, but has featured just three times in the league and was absent from several matchday squads before being sent to the City Ground.<

Yet Agnew was clear it is not the beginning of the end for the England Under-21 international.

Ince has joined Forest on loan Credit: Press Association

Tom came in pre-season and did ever so well then started the season with us. But we changed the shape of the team and then one or two players came in or out and Tom was one of those. We felt he hasn't played as much football as we would have liked so the manager agreed with Nottingham Forest to take him on loan until January. Hopefully he'll get some games in, perform like we know he can and it will be beneficial to all of us. He is a top player, an exciting player and one we're looking forward to working with for a good number of years.

– Steve Agnew, Hull City assistant manager

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Hull manager Bruce defends Mario Balotelli

Hull manager Steve Bruce believes people are unfairly "picking on" Mario Balotelli.

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli Credit: Press Association

The Liverpool striker has come under-fire after he swapped shirts with Real Madrid's Pepe at half-time on Wednesday.

It was whilst his side trailed Real by three goals in the Champions League encounter and was substituted at the break.

Hull travel to Anfield in the Premier League today (3pm) and Bruce believes Balotelli is not playing as badly as some are suggesting.

Dawson: Tigers strong enough to cope after Gunners barrage

Michael Dawson is confident Hull have the squad depth to cope with their bruising encounter at Arsenal.

Dawson: Tigers strong enough to cope after Gunners barrage Credit: Press Association

The Tigers expanded their squad in the summer to cope with the demands of the Europa League although an early exit from that competition has left several senior players struggling for game time.

But that could change following Saturday's 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium, which saw Dawson hurt his ankle and goalkeeper Steve Harper join regular number one Allan McGregor on the sidelines with a bicep injury.

Striker Nikica Jelavic also sustained a knee injury in the warm-up, leaving manager Steve Bruce to count the cost ahead of the weekend trip to Liverpool.

And Dawson is sure the players are there to keep Hull's standards up at Anfield.

The only disappointment (from the weekend) was the injuries we picked up but that is where the squad comes in. We overcame those against Arsenal. You need a good squad because injuries come along and the manager has built that now. We pick ourselves up and see how we are but there is strength in depth to cope.

– Michael Dawson

Former Tottenham captain Dawson had been enjoying his return to regular football under Bruce and is hoping not to miss too much football.

We will have to see how it is in the week. I tried to play on. I got back on the pitch but the swelling was already coming up. I love playing, which is why the ankle injury is so frustrating. Hopefully, it won't be too bad. I am loving my time and this is a great club with great lads and a great gaffer. You can't ask for a lot more than that. We also have a good team striving to be successful.

– Michael Dawson

Alex Bruce and Paul McShane are in line to challenge for Dawson's place in the side, Eldin Jakupovic is set to retain the gloves after coming off the bench against the Gunners, while Sone Aluko or Tom Ince could return to the squad in place of Jelavic.

Hull City back in action after international break

Mark Robins takes charge of Scunthorpe for the first time tomorrow when Colchester are the visitors. Meanwhile Hull City are also back in action this weekend following the international break. Tomorrow Steve Bruce's men travel to Arsenal.

It's the first time the two sides have met since last year's cup final. The Gunners won 3-2 at Wembley, but Hull manager Steve Bruce hopes his side can fare better tomorrow. Chris Dawkes reports

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