Hull full-back Moses Odubajo is likely to be out until 2017 after the club confirmed he had ruptured a ligament in his knee and will miss the next six months.
The 22-year-old former Brentford player sustained the injury in a friendly with Grimsby on Friday and it follows last week’s news that Allan McGregor and Alex Bruce will also miss the beginning of the campaign with problems.
His injury comes as a cruel blow in City’s preparations for their Premier League return – Odubajo made 53 appearances in all competitions last season, including the play-off final at Wembley.
“First and foremost, it’s desperately disappointing news for Moses,” Tigers boss Steve Bruce said on www.hullcitytigers.com.
“He was exceptional for us last season as we won promotion back to the Premier League and we expect him to be a top player for many years to come.”
Odubajo was instrumental in the Tigers’ promotion back to the top flight via the play-offs, playing 53 times for the club in his first season since moving from the Bees last summer.
Although he is set for an extended spell on the sidelines, both the player and his manager adopted a positive outlook on the news that he avoided damaging other ligaments which could have kept him out even longer.
Writing on Twitter, the defender said: “Thanks again for the support people I’m very lucky, to not have damaged more ligaments – Il be back fitter and stronger.”
And Bruce was pleased that the injury his full-back has suffered is not as bad as the knee issue which kept team-mate Robert Snodgrass out for over a year.
“I know how much he was looking forward to testing himself in the top flight of English football and to now have to sit out the first half of the season is a big blow – both for him and for the club,” Bruce added.
“Looking at the positives, at least the injury is not at the same level as the one suffered by Robert Snodgrass at the start of the 2014-15 season and, as a result, we will look forward to seeing Moses return to training in the New Year.”