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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.

Bruce rules out Magpies switch

Hull boss Steve Bruce has ruled out any chance of him becoming Newcastle manager, should Alan Pardew move to Crystal Palace.

Bruce rules out Magpies switch Credit: Press Association

Bruce is a boyhood Newcastle fan and said he was "flattered" to be linked with the position but is committed to Hull and has already turned down three offers from other clubs during his time at the Tigers.

Pardew is yet to complete a move to Crystal Palace after Newcastle announced on Monday night that a compensation figure had been agreed and he had been given permission to talk to the Eagles.

Bruce told a news conference ahead of tomorrow's clash with Everton:

People know that I am from Newcastle, I was a Newcastle supporter as a boy and it has been regurgitated since I was a 22-year-old playing for Norwich and Gillingham. For that obvious reason every time I am linked with them. It's very flattering as I'm a Geordie but that's it. I have a job to do here and it would be wrong for me to think of anything else other than get this club out of the position we are in and that's all I am focused on.It would be wrong for the speculation to keep carrying on for the club, for the supporters, for the players. I am determined to see this through and make sure we stay in the Premier League and build on the good work we have done in the last two hand a half years. I have had three offers in the two and a half years I have been here and I have turned them all down so I think the chairman knows the way I feel and why would I want to leave now? It's not right, and I hope people respect that.

– Steve Bruce

Hull are only a point off the relegation zone and Bruce accepted that some fans might believe it was time for him to go.

We all know the industry, the one thing you don't want to see is fellow managers being sacked but I understand the nature of the beast and some people in this city probably think its my time for my head to roll. Thankfully I have a chairman I am convinced will stick by me. One thing none of us need is distraction and we want to be fully focused on one thing - to get us out of trouble.

– Steve Bruce


Steve Bruce demands apology

Hull City manager Steve Bruce has demanded an apology from out-of-favour defender Paul McShane.

The Republic of Ireland international, who is the club's longest serving player, hasn't played since the start of November, and has recently taken to social media to vent his frustration after being sent to train with the club's development squad.

Ahead of the Boxing Day fixture at Sunderland, Bruce said the ball is in McShane's court:

Bruce demands McShane apology

Paul McShane - out in the cold at Hull City. Credit: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

Hull City manager Steve Bruce has demanded an apology from out-of-favour defender Paul McShane.

The Republic of Ireland international, who's the club's longest serving player and a firm favourite with the fans, hasn't played since the start of November, and has recently taken to social media to vent his frustration after being sent to train with the club's development squad.

At today's news conference ahead of the Boxing Day fixture at Sunderland Bruce wouldn't elaborate on the exact reasons for their bust-up, but he said the ball is in McShane's court.

Bruce: "One win can turn it round"

Hull City manager Steve Bruce is confident his team can still finish higher in the Premier League than last season, despite a winless streak now stretching to ten matches.

The Tigers - who are now second from bottom in the table - face a crucial festive programme, with three matches in seven days. They travel to Sunderland on Boxing Day, before home matches against bottom of the table Leicester City on December the 28th, and Everton on New Year's Day.

Bruce and his son Alex - back in the side after recovering from a hamstring injury - both insist it won't take much to turn Hull's season around.

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