Brady shrugs off claims injury woes are in his head
Hull City's Ireland winger Robbie Brady has refuted Steve Bruce's declaration that his injury problems are in his head.
Brady had started his first top-flight campaign on fire, scoring in the victories over Norwich City and Newcastle United to help the newly-promoted Tigers settle right back in the Premier League.
It transpired that the Dubliner had been playing through the pain barrier, necessitating surgery six weeks ago to remove a hernia.
His comeback was considered swift, though, and Bruce has not witnessed the flying winger rediscover his form.
Since hauling him off at half-time three weeks ago against Crystal Palace, Bruce hasn't included Brady in one of his starting line-ups.
He claimed after that defeat that the Irishman was "fine physically", citing his slow return to full sharpness as a consequence of the 21-year-old dealing with the first serious injury in his career.
Speaking yesterday, however, Brady insisted that last month's surgery to remove a hernia hadn't solved the problem sufficiently to afford him a pain-free experience on the pitch.
While the Dubliner doesn't expect to require another operation, some medical treatment is needed before he can approach the hectic festive schedule that includes a visit to his former club Manchester United on St Stephen's Day in tip-top condition.
"All the pain has come from my groin; I don't think any came from my head," said Brady, batting away the manager's assertion.
"I'm okay but there are still niggles and problems around the groin area. Hopefully I can be pain-free over the next few weeks."
Brady is relishing his return to Old Trafford, having been sold by Alex Ferguson for €2.5m last January.
"That's a massive game for me and I can't wait for it," he said. "Hopefully I can sort out these few niggles out and be involved."