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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


West Brom skipper Brunt to miss Hull away day

Captain Chris Brunt is out for West Brom's trip to Hull with a hamstring injury.

The skipper limped off after making a tackle in Tuesday's 2-1 defeat to West Ham, although boss Alan Irvine is hopeful he will return next week.

James Morrison (illness) and Sebastien Pocognoli (dead leg) are back but Jonas Olsson (Achilles) is out and Claudio Yacob serves the final game of a ban.

Provisional squad: Foster, Myhill, Pocognoli, Gamboa, Dawson, Lescott, McAuley, Davidson, Wisdom, Baird, Varela, Gardner, Morrison, O'Neil, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Blanco, Sessegnon, Samaras, Ideye, Berahino, Anichebe.


Dawson looking to take down Baggies

Michael Dawson was delighted Hull once again took a point from a trip to one of the Barclays Premier League's major sides but feels games like Saturday's against West Brom hold the key to the Tigers' season.

Ending a run of four straight defeats, Steve Bruce's men drew 1-1 with Everton at Goodison Park after a strike around the hour mark from substitute Sone Aluko cancelled out Romelu Lukaku's first-half opener for the hosts.

You look at our recent performances away from home, when we have been to the Emirates Stadium, Anfield and now Goodison Park, and we have taken a point each time.

We can take a lot out of this - even in the first half (against Everton), with as much possession as they had, how many shots did they have on goal? Not too many.

But yes, the games against the likes of West Brom and other teams that are going to be around us are where we really need to pick up the points.

– Michael Dawson

Teams: Man United v Hull


#mufc XI vs Hull: De Gea, Smalling, Carrick, Rojo, Valencia, Fellaini, Mata, Di Maria, Young, Rooney, van Persie


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