Michael Dawson is closing in on a return to action, but says Hull’s clash with Chelsea this weekend will come too soon for him.
Dawson has made a quicker than expected recovery after suffering a serious knee injury against Mansfield in pre-season and should be knocking on the first-team door sooner rather than later.
Hull have managed to cope better than expected without Dawson, and that is partly down to the fact that Jake Livermore has played well since switching to central defence.
Livermore is likely to move back into midfield when Dawson is ready to return, but the defender says he cannot expect to walk straight back into the side.
“I’m close, maybe the Chelsea game will come to quick, I’ve been out for three to four weeks with the fitness coach, working on my fitness and just trying to get over the final little discomfort in my knee,” Dawson told the club’s official website.
“It’s one of those, it’s frustrating to be out, but I’ve done it, I’ve been there before and now I’m looking to come back and be part of a squad that’s doing well.
“I’ve been itching to get back into action from the day I did it, that night at Mansfield when I did it, I couldn’t see me being out for as long as I was and then I went for a scan and the results weren’t great.
“Unfortunately that’s football, you’ve got to work hard to get back and to be ready to play on that pitch, I cant wait to put the kit on and be part of the squad.”