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Jake Livermore returns to training at Hull City

Jake Livermore has been training away from the Hull squad. Photo: PA

Jake Livermore has returned to training at Hull City after escaping the maximum two-year ban for failing a drugs dest.

Livermore tested positive for cocaine after the Tigers' 2-0 Barclays Premier League win over Crystal Palace in April and played three further matches before being banned by the Football Association.

Failed in-competition drugs tests carry a maximum ban of two years but Livermore has reportedly avoided a more serious ban due to extenuating personal circumstances relating to the death of his newborn child in May 2014.

The FA are expected to reveal their findings on Thursday.

Livermore has kept in shape by keeping his own personal fitness regime in London and, having met boss Steve Bruce and rejoined light training with the squad, a timetable on his possible first-team return is being discussed.

Livermore, 25, was an £8million signing from Tottenham last summer having already played at the KC Stadium for a year on loan.