George Honeyman will miss Hull City’s final game of the season at Charlton Athletic on Sunday with an ankle problem.
Head Coach Grant McCann has revealed that the influential midfielder has been playing through the pain barrier in the last couple of games and says that now is the time to give him the rest that he needs.
“Everybody that played last weekend is fine apart from George Honeyman who will miss the game on Sunday,” said McCann.
“George has been playing with an ankle problem and we don’t feel it’s worth the risk for Sunday. He’s got through the Lincoln and Wigan games with painkillers, injections and strappings so the last thing we need to do now is risk him being out of action for a considerable amount of time. It’s really important that we give George the time for his ankle to settle down so that he can have a good summer and come back fit and ready for pre-season.
“Obviously he’s disappointed to be missing the last game of the season but he understands and is in agreement that he doesn’t want any lasting effects of the injury. It’s ligament damage in his ankle, so for him to have played in the last two games is remarkable because it’s the kind of injury that would normally put people out for four-to-six weeks, so it just shows the type of character that he is that he’s been able to play with it.
“That sums him up really. He’s willing to go through the pain barrier to get things done. He felt it at Lincoln during the first half and he didn’t want to come off but it was just too sore at half time. We were surprised that he recovered for the Wigan game and he went on and put in what, in my opinion, was one of his best performances of the season.
“It’s a blow to lose him for this final game but we’ve got a good squad and it provides an opportunity for somebody else to come in.”
The Tigers have no other fresh injury concerns ahead of the trip to The Valley.