The Tigers were missing 12 first-team players for last night’s league defeat away at Blackburn Rovers and it is feared that club captain Lichaj and on-loan Liverpool youngster Kane will not be available for any of the final 14 fixtures in the Sky Bet Championship campaign after both players suffered identical injuries.
“Eric and Herbie going to be out for the foreseeable future – at least two or three months which means they’re probably going to miss the rest of the season,” said McCann.
“They’ve both torn ligaments in their ankles. It’s exactly the same injury, which is bizarre. It is two blows for us.
“I think both are going to get a second opinion from a specialist. But it is very unlikely we will see them again this season.”
McCann also provided an update on deadline day signing James Scott. Although there is still no confirmation of the severity of the ankle injury suffered by the former Motherwell man in training, the Tigers’ Head Coach did confess that he too could be sidelined for the remainder of the current campaign.
“We are waiting on swelling going down,” added McCann. “Again, the physios think it will be a long term one for the rest of the season. But we will see when the swelling goes down.”
Despite the disappointing news on the trio, McCann is staying positive and is hopeful that a large chunk of his absentees will be back in training early next week ahead of the Tigers’ trip to Preston North End.
“Matthew Pennington trained on Monday, but just wasn’t quite ready to face Blackburn,” the Tigers’ Head Coach continued. “But, on a positive note, he should be available for Friday night’s game against Swansea.
“Jon Toral came back into training on Monday but he’s miles away in terms of fitness.
“By Monday of next week, we should have Burke, Tafazolli, De Wijs, Toral, Stewart and Samuelsen all back in training.
“The temptation is to hurry them back. Ask the physios, I’m a nightmare knocking on their door every day. But we can’t do anything about it.
“Unfortunately we’ve got injuries all at the same time but we can’t and won’t moan about it. We’ve just got to focus on the players we’ve got.”