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Hull suffer Michael Dawson injury blow

Dawson will miss the busy winter schedule. Credit: PA

Hull defender Michael Dawson is set to be out for at least a month with a hamstring tear.

Dawson suffered the injury in the first 10 minutes of last weekend's defeat by Chelsea and scans revealed a grade two tear.

Dawson has already missed a month of the season with an ankle problem but impressed manager Steve Bruce enough to earn the captain's armband for two matches while regular skipper Curtis Davies was dropped.



Mourinho: Referees are victimising Diego Costa

Does Costa get fair treatment from officials Credit: PA

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes striker Diego Costa is being victimised by referees after he picked up yellow card number seven in the Premier League against Hull.

Costa was cautioned for simulation after going down theatrically under Tom Huddlestone's challenge, although replays suggested there had been some contact.

Everything he does is a yellow card.

Seven yellow cards. It looks like everybody comes ready for him, which I don’t understand.

I don’t know why because I think when he was at Atletico he created a certain image, and people don’t believe he can change, but he changed.

– Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho quoted in the Independent

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Bruce has 'no idea' where Hatem Ben Arfa is

Ben Arfa last played for Hull on November 29th at Old Trafford. Credit: PA

Hull manager Steve Bruce admits he doesn't have a clue where on loan forward Hatem Ben Arfa is.

The mercurial Newcastle man joined Hull on loan on deadline day, but has failed to live up to expectations.

Ben Arfa fell out of favour at Newcastle for displaying a poor attitude, and it seems Bruce has decided against indulging the France international.

Sometimes transfers work out and sometimes they don’t. And it’s fair to say that with Ben Arfa I can’t see there being a future.

Unfortunately he wants to do his things his way, which is fair enough. So unless he changes, then I treat him like every other player.

But there has been no fallout, he has been omitted from the squad because when you are up against it, then I believe you need to show a bit of resilience and unfortunately Hatem sees it differently.

He is not Awol. He could be in Paris though. I’ve no idea where he is. He could be in Hull for all I know.

– Hull City manager Steve Bruce quoted in the Times


Hull keeper Harper keeping options open

Veteran Hull goalkeeper Steve Harper is "open-minded" about his future.

The 39-year-old is currently injured after struggling to fully recover from a bicep problem but has not given up hope of returning to the first team.

I'm 40 in March and while I don't feel it I realise nothing lasts for life," he told the Newcastle Chronicle.

I'm really open-minded about what I do next.

Right now, my one concern is to get back on the field and play as many matches as I can for Hull.

I hate being injured and at my age I can't afford to be, so I rushed back, played against Burnley, and aggravated my bicep and shoulder again. But I'll return very shortly and then there is half a season still to go.

– Steve Harper speaking to Newcastle Chronicle
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