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Quinn to miss curtain raiser with Chelsea

IRELAND midfielder Stephen Quinn has been ruled out of Hull City's Premier League opener against Chelsea with a hamstring injury.

The Dubliner was forced out of the Ireland squad for tonight's friendly with Wales and now Quinn won't be fit in time to play in Jose Mourinho's return match for the Blues.

Meanwhile, Hull manager Steve Bruce is unmoved by the decision to rebrand the club as Hull City Tigers.

Owner Assem Allam caused a stir last week when it was revealed he dropped the 'AFC' suffix from the club's official name after 109 years and would focus on marketing the team as the Tigers at home and abroad.

The move was not met with much enthusiasm by the club's fans, with a petition to contest the change gathering over a thousand signatures.

Bruce, though, sees it as little more than a storm in a teacup.

"It's a couple of words, it doesn't really make a difference as far as I'm concerned," he said. "The furore will die down a bit and we'll still be Hull City next year, albeit Hull City Tigers not Hull City AFC.

"I think if it's more commercially attractive abroad then surely it's up to the owner, who has bought the club."

 

Signings

Bruce has had a busy summer since winning promotion, bringing in Maynor Figueroa, Allan McGregor, Curtis Davies, Yannick Sagbo, Danny Graham and Steve Harper as well as making permanent the loan deals of George Boyd and Ahmed Elmohamady.

But he is still looking to strengthen the centre of the park, with Corry Evans and Tom Cairney both leaving for Blackburn and Quinn struggling to be fit.

"You're always looking, that's the manager's job ... always wanting one more," he said. "We're a little thin on the ground in midfield areas. We've let a couple out and it's one area we are looking to strengthen."

Bruce also distanced himself from reports linking the club to Wolves striker Kevin Doyle.

"It's an area we don't need strengthening in at the moment, it's a little bit wide of the mark that one," he said.


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