Hull City manager Liam Rosenior has confirmed that midfielder Greg Docherty is nearing a return to fitness following the knee ligament injury he suffered during pre-season.
The 26-year-old has been a mainstay of the Hull side since signing from Scottish giants Rangers in 2020, racking up 125 appearances for the Tigers. He had the one-year extension triggered in the summer from his initial three-year deal, although talks over a contract extension are yet to take place.
Rosenior has overseen an excellent start to the new Championship season, with Hull winning three and drawing one of their opening five fixtures. This has seen the Humberside club move into sixth and they will host last season’s play-off finalist’s Coventry City next Friday night as they look to continue their good form.
Docherty will still be unavailable for the clash at the MKM Stadium, although the boss believes that the former Scotland under-21 international is nearing a return to the squad in the coming weeks. Speaking to Hull Live, the 39-year-old said;
“He’s doing really well. You know Doc as a character. He’s a fantastic, fantastic professional who is working really hard. I think it’s two-and-a-half weeks until he’s back training and he’s worked so hard to overcome what was a huge blow to him in pre-season.
“Every player who is a Hull City player is in my thoughts. It’s based on how you train, how you play, your performance levels, your commitment, your professionalism.
“Not just in the case of Doc, but anyone who wears that badge on their chest, I try and be as fair as possible in my decisions on team selection or transfers, ins or outs. If you’re a Hull City player and you’ve got value then you’ll be used.”
Greg Docherty has had a big impact at Hull City since his move to the club three years ago. He played a pivotal role in their promotion from League One in his debut season and has retained his place in the squad in the years since. However, he was utilised mainly from the substitutes bench in the latter part of last season and the Tigers’ early form means that he may struggle to break back into the team.
If Hull are serious about pushing for promotion this season, someone like Docherty could prove to be a real asset in the coming months, particularly as we reach the tail end of the campaign. Whether he can earn a new contract though remains to be seen.