Sunday 18 March 2018

Hunt's Tigers career on the line as injury threatens to finish season

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

STEPHEN HUNT will today learn if his season and, possibly, his stint with Hull City is over.

The Irish midfielder faces an operation on a foot problem which has kept him out of action in recent weeks and, if the prognosis is negative, he will miss the rest of the Tigers' relegation battle and also the international friendlies with Algeria and Paraguay next month.

Indeed, in the event of a negative outcome from the hospital visit, Hunt might well have worn Hull colours for the last time.

The cash-strapped strugglers nearly sold the Waterford native to Wolves in January and, considering the level of their debt, they will be under pressure to sell in the summer even if they avoid the drop. However, their chances of staying in the top flight have been harmed by the absence of the 28-year-old winger, who has shone since his move from Reading last summer.

"He's got a sharp pain in his foot again and we need to look at an operation," said Hull boss Iain Dowie. "If he needs a procedure then it's going to be a lot longer but if everything is fine and we can move on, then it might not be that long. We should get a bit of clarity."

Hunt will be keen to play his part in the coming weeks and also add to his haul of Irish caps in the summer encounters at the RDS.

He is desperate for further game time, after slipping out of Giovanni Trapattoni's first-choice XI for the World Cup play-off matches with France last November.

Irish Independent

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