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Livermore tests positive for cocaine

Hull City have suspended midfielder Jake Livermore after he tested positive for cocaine.

The Premier League club issued a statement confirming that Livermore, 25, had been suspended but gave no reason.

"Following suspension by the FA the club has subsequently suspended Jake Livermore pending further investigations to be made by the FA and our own internal disciplinary procedures," Hull said in a statement.

"The club is unable to make any further comment during this process."

Livermore, who has made one appearance for England, failed a random drug test after the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace last month.

Livermore's suspension will be a blow to Hull manager Steve Bruce, whose side are scrapping to avoid dropping into the Championship. They are 18th, the final relegation spot, with two matches remaining.

Steve Bruce's side face a must win clash away to Tottenham this afternoon, before taking on Manchester United in the final round of fixtures next week. Livermore joined Hull for £8million pounds from Tottenham Hotspur last year.