Hull City head coach Leonid Slutsky has admitted the injured Abel Hernandez will be a huge loss for his side, while the Tigers are without six first-team players for this weekend’s clash against Queens Park Rangers.
The Uruguay international hit a hat-trick last Saturday in the 4-1 win over Burton Albion but has now been ruled out for up to six months after suffering an Achilles injury during the defeat to Wolves on Tuesday night.
Another blow to Slutskyâ€™s Hull squad is the loss of midfielder Markus Henriksen, who sustained a foot injury in the loss to Nuno Espirito Santoâ€™s men in midweek and is now out of action for around six weeks and will not face QPR.
The injuries add to a growing list at the KC Stadium as Kevin Stewart, a summer signing from Liverpool, is struggling with an ankle injury while Ryan Mason is continuing to work his way back to full fitness and Will Keane and Moses Odubajo are both long-term absentees with knee problems.
“Of course it is very difficult when you lose one of the best players on your team for six months and it’s very disappointing,” Slutsky told the clubâ€™s official website regarding the injury news to Hernandez.
“However, life continues and we have to prepare for our next match with the players that are available to play.
“I went to Abel’s house yesterday to speak with him and he needs special attention now. It’s the type of injury that needs about six months and I think he will be ready around February.”
Adama Diomande is likely to fill the void left by Hernandez and should spearhead the attack alongside Frazier Campbell for their visit to QPR on Saturday.
Hull were relegated from the Premier League last season and lost manager Marco Silva to Watford.
However, the relatively positive start to life back in the Championship will fill the fans with hope that they can bounce back to the top flight at the first time of asking.
Slutsky’s appointment has seen Hull start the season with a draw at Aston Villa before beating Burton and losing to Wolves.
The Tigers faithful will be hopeful of a victory over QPR on Saturday, but the club’s strength in depth is going to be called into question given the number of players unavailable.