Steve Bruce will be looking for more reinforcements for his Hull City side through the rest of the January transfer window after he was deprived of the services of top scorer Sone Aluko and wingback Ahmed Elmohamady.
Bruce confirmed after last night’s FA Cup win at Leyton Orient that Aluko, who has eight goals this season, has a tear on an Achilles tendon and will be out of action for around six weeks.
Then Sunderland opted to recall Elmohamady from his loan, as was their right during the January window, leaving Bruce short of options and flair on the right side of midfield. The Egyptian has been revelatory since joining the Tigers at the end of August, supplying a huge number of dangerous crosses in Bruce’s resourceful 3-5-2 formation.
With the leading scorer and the prominent provider gone, as well as goalkeeping issues, Bruce will need to start from scratch on Saturday when the Tigers travel to Peterborough United. Nick Proschwitz has put his name firmly in the frame to replace Aluko, while Liam Rosenior or Cameron Stewart could benefit from Elmohamady’s return to the north east.