Hull City

Hull City vs Swansea City: Team News

13 February 2020
Grant McCann was able to report some positive news on the injury front on Thursday with a number of players returning to take part in training in recent days.

Defenders Ryan Tafazolli and Matthew Pennington are in contention to feature in Friday night’s home game against Swansea City having returned to training this week, while midfielder Kevin Stewart is also under consideration having taken part in Thursday morning’s session.

“We had 21 players out there today which was nice,” said McCann.

“We had Kevin Stewart back, we had Ryan Tafazolli, Matthew Pennington and Jon Toral – so it’s looking a bit better on the injury front.

“Hopefully we’ll have Jordy de Wijs, Reece Burke, Martin Samuelsen and Angus MacDonald all coming back on Monday.

“Matt Pennington has had a full week of training so he definitely comes into the thinking for Friday night. ‘Taff’ trained today but it was his first session back. However, he’s only missed eight to ten days so he’ll also come into the thinking.

“Jon has had a good week and is getting fitter and sharper. It will be good to get him another week next week and then he starts to come into the thinking. It will be good to get him back up to speed and there’s an Under-23s game coming up in the next week or so, so we’ll look to get a few of the boys some minutes in that.

“We’d been waiting for clearance from the consultant before getting Kevin back into training and we received that halfway through today’s session, so we brought him into it. He looked good. Kevin is naturally fit and you can almost speed him up a little bit in terms of getting minutes into him, so he comes into the thinking for Friday night.”

The Tigers are still waiting to learn the full extent of the injury suffered by recent signing James Scott in training last week, although McCann is expecting it to be a case of months rather than weeks for the Scottish striker’s recovery.

Eric Lichaj and Herbie Kane are long-term injury absentees.

Swansea have lost midfielder George Byers for the remainder of the season with an ankle injury, while a knee problem has kept centre back Mike van der Hoorn out in recent weeks.