Monday 11 December 2017

Tigers facing anxious wait over Maguire

Hull City 1-1 Burnley

Hull City's Harry Maguire receives medical treatment after sustaining a injury. Photo: Reuters
Hull City's Harry Maguire receives medical treatment after sustaining a injury. Photo: Reuters

Mark Walker

Hull head coach Marco Silva faces an anxious wait to learn the full extent of Harry Maguire's knee injury following the defender's heroics during yesterday's draw with Burnley.

Maguire needed lengthy treatment after appearing to twist his knee in Burnley's penalty area 10 minutes before the break, but soldiered on for the full 90 minutes and produced another colossal display at the back for the Tigers.

"I hope it's a knock, we'll see over the next few days," Silva said when asked about Maguire's injury.

"What he showed for me and all our fans - he has a fantastic attitude and fantastic spirit."

Maguire is a reported £15million (€18million) summer transfer target for Tottenham, while Premier League rivals Everton, West Ham and Southampton have also been linked with the 23-year-old.

Hull went ahead through Tom Huddlestone's 72nd-minute penalty after Michael Keane was adjudged to have handled by referee Martin Atkinson.

But the Burnley defender quickly made amends by drilling home his side's equaliser at the far post following a corner four minutes later.

The Clarets then finished the match with 10 men, with Ashley Barnes picking up a second yellow card in stoppage time after the Burnley striker had earlier been booked for dissent when Atkinson awarded Hull their penalty.

The point was not enough to lift the Tigers out of the relegation zone following Crystal Palace's win against Middlesbrough, while Leicester joined them in the bottom three.

Burnley are still without an away win in the top flight this season and have now registered just two points in 12 games on the road, but boss Sean Dyche was satisfied with his side's draw.

"The only question from our point of view, and I said to the players, was just that top-third moment," Dyche said.

"But generally, I thought we gave a good account of ourselves."

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