HULL City boss Steve Bruce hopes that top scorer Nikica Jelavic will be fit to face Sunderland in tomorrow night’s crucial Premier League clash at the KC Stadium.
The former Everton hitman has netted in both of his outings for the Tigers against Sunderland, scoring in their wins at the Stadium of Light this season and last.
He missed out on Hull’s 1-0 defeat at Stoke on Saturday due to a knee issue, although Bruce said: “He has got a chance (for Tuesday), but it is always a bit of a chance with him because he has had a serious knee operation and I keep saying this but he probably came back a little bit too quick.”
Bruce – whose side are 15th, four points clear of the relegation zone – added: “I told the press on Friday that everyone was OK and then Jelavic comes in with his knee twice the size it should be and then (Robbie) Brady’s got injured doing nothing.
“But it is what it is, we’ve got enough firepower and we have another game on Tuesday that comes into the category of a big game. Let’s hope that we can win it.”
Sunderland are a point worse off than Hull and lie one place below them in 16th.
Meanwhile, Bruce fears Brady’s season could be over.
He said: “Unfortunately Brady has fallen down a hole in the training ground and it looks an awful injury, I have to say. We won’t know the extent of it until he has had scans.
“After seeing him on Friday I doubt he will be available for weeks. It could be the rest of the season.”