Hull City

Burke To Return For Doncaster Trip

25 July 2019
Grant McCann has confirmed that Reece Burke will feature in Hull City’s final pre-season friendly away at Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.

The centre-back had a watching brief at last night’s 2-0 defeat against Amiens SC at the KCOM Stadium after picking up a knock in the latter stages of Saturday’s draw with Mansfield Town.

However, McCann says that Burke’s absence was nothing more than a precaution and the former West Ham United man will have the chance to get more minutes under his belt at the Keepmoat Stadium.

“Reece Burke sat out last night’s game purely as a precaution following the knock he picked up at Mansfield,” he said.

“He’ll train with us again this week and will be available for the game at Doncaster at the weekend.”

Tom Eaves was another member of McCann’s squad to watch on from the sidelines at the KCOM, with the summer signing struggling with a slight groin problem. And whilst the Tigers’ Head Coach says he won’t risk the 27-year-old at Doncaster, he is confident of having him at his disposal for the Sky Bet Championship opener away at Swansea City.

“With regards to Tom, he’s got a little bit of a groin strain – but it’s nothing serious whatsoever,” he added.

“It’s not a worry. It’s more a fatigue injury. We have worked him very, very hard since he joined us and he’s continuing to do so.

“At a push, Tom could have been involved last night and at a push, he could be involved on Saturday but it’s unlikely that we’ll risk him. There’s no point in doing that at this stage of pre-season whatsoever.

“We’ll see where he is early next week and we’re confident he will be involved at Swansea on the opening day of the season.”