Hull City look likely to change their plans in the January transfer windows after two key players have picked up fresh injuries in the last week.
Liam Rosenior’s side would draw 1-1 in the FA Cup on Saturday, meaning a replay at St. Andrew’s will now need to be played to decide who makes the fourth round.
Hull would come from behind with a late goal from Matty Jacob, making just his second start of the season, cancelling out a first half Lukas Jutkiewicz strike.
It could be deemed a potentially disappointing result for the Tigers given Birmingham’s dire run of form but they will still be in the hat for the fourth round draw taking place on Monday evening.
What was most notable, was the absence of Liam Delap from the squad, with the youngster potentially set for an extended spell on the sidelines. The 20-year-old has been in fine form this season, providing seven goals and a further two assists in Hull’s opening 26 Championship games.
It is a vast improvement on both his time with fellow Championship sides Stoke City and Preston last season, with the Manchester City-loanee already doubling his goal contributions compared to the previous year.
Delap seemed to really be finding his feet in the professional game this season, but the forward looks to have been setback with a knee injury.
He may not be the only one, with the news of veteran defender Cyrus Christie, who has been ever-present in the Tigers back line, also set to miss a significant period of the season with injury.
Speaking to Hull Live, manager Liam Rosenior gave the latest injury update.
“Yes, it’s not good news. Cyrus is looking at probably five weeks – he’s injured his tendon in his hamstring. So obviously it’s a big miss for us.
“And Liam Delap needs an assessment on his knee. He’s had it scanned, something’s come back on it, so we need to assess what to do, which is a big blow. We have to take it from there when we get the news on Tuesday.
“There’s different ways of managing it, and what I don’t want to do is give you a timescale when it’s wrong. What we do know is that there’s going to have to be something; we’re going to have to come up with a plan in terms of how we look after his knee because he’s an outstanding young talent and we need to make sure we look after him.”
When asked if the injuries would alter his transfer plans, the manager responded:
“Yes, it can do. That’s something already that we’ve spoken about in depth. These things come up and you have to find a way to solve them. In the case of Liam, it’s nothing to do with robustness. It’s just something that’s really, really unfortunate in his knee.”
Hull fans will be hoping for the best when more comes out regarding Delap’s injury, however it does not seem positive with what is known so far. With the Tigers just one place and one point outside of the play-off positions, January will be a huge month for them to begin a push towards the top-six.
That’ll be made a lot harder without both Delap and Christie, so the January recruitment must be spot on or it could be another season of mid-table obscurity for Rosenior’s side.