The news no Hull City fan wanted to hear has been finally confirmed by the club – Uruguayan international Abel Hernandez will miss at least six months of the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.
Hernandez suffered the injury in the latter stages of the 2-3 defeat to Wolves at the KCOM last Tuesday night. The innocuous incident saw Hernandez go down in the visitors penalty area writhing in agony and after lengthy on field treatment he was stretchered off in obvious pain and discomfort.
Hernandez has already undergone surgery and after the operation his consultant confirmed the worse fears of all associated with the club that Abel would miss at least six months of the Championship campaign.
Head coach Leonid Slutsky talking to Tigers TV “We have lost Abel for six months, which is very very disappointing”. “Its also a big blow for Abel himself because he had made a very good start to the season and was playing very well for the team”.
Slutsky’s statement is an understatement to say the least, Hernandez is by far City’s most potent goal threat, his hat-trick against Burton Albion last Saturday a prime example of what The Tigers will be missing until March at the very earliest.
The affable Russian’s job of finding additions to his squad was difficult enough before this blow and unless the owners decide to loosen the stranglehold on the transfer budget then a fairly promising start could quickly descend into a very difficult, testing season ahead.
To compound the immediate difficulties facing Slutsky and his side are reports coming from South Wales that Swansea seem to have earmarked some of the wedge they received for Gylfi Sigurdsson to prise Sam Clucas away from Hull. Suggestions that the Swans have topped the £10 million bid earlier in the week by Burnley for the flame haired midfielder.
National paper reports this morning suggested that City had put a £20 million price tag on the former Hereford, Mansfield Town and Chesterfield star and a figure like that would deter any suitors but it now remains to be seen if the Slutsky’s supermarket as reopened.
Leonid will be hoping that the Swans are sent packing as he can ill afford to lose another first team star on top of the Abel injury.