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Long week for Shane

HULL CITY boss Steve Bruce has eased fears over Shane Long's injury as he expects the Ireland striker to sidelined for no more than a week.

Long was taken off at half-time during Hull's 3-0 defeat to Arsenal yesterday. While the striker is not eligible for the FA Cup final meeting with the Gunners as he is cup-tied, Hull are keen to have Long in the side for their final games of the league campaign as they are not yet mathematically safe from relegation, while Martin O'Neill wants to have Long available for the four-game series of friendly internationals in May and June.

Long is a doubt for next week's Premier League clash with Fulham but he could be fit to feature a week later against Aston Villa.