Steve Bruce’s preparations for Saturday’s trip to Newcastle United have been dealt a blow with the news that captain Robert Koren is set to be sidelined for around four to five weeks with a fractured foot.
Koren has played with the injury in recent weeks but with the pain getting progressively worse he was sent for scans and x-rays at the start of the week which revealed the extent of the damage.
“We think Robert will be out for four or five weeks because he’s fractured his right foot,” revealed Bruce.
“That is a bitter blow to us. He did it a couple of weeks ago and to be fair he’s played with it.
“But last Saturday it was worse and so we scanned it and x-rayed it and those have revealed a hairline fracture to one of the bones in his foot.”
Koren has played in all four of the Tigers’ Barclays Premier League games so far but Bruce says somebody else will now have the chance to step up and show what they can do at the top level.
“When somebody is out injured, somebody else is going to get a chance – that is how football works.
“There’s a few that have been champing at the bit with the likes of George Boyd and Stephen Quinn in particular, so one of them will step into the breach.”