Hull City confirm key player injury as Tigers prepare to tackle ‘must-win’ Watford clash

City understands that time is against them in their bid for a top-six finish. Anass Zaroury is Hull City’s sole uncertainty ahead of Saturday’s Championship clash at Watford, where Liam Rosenior’s side will look for a crucial victory.

Zaroury has been complaining about a groin problem in recent weeks, missing City’s 2-2 draw with Boro and the 3-0 victory over QPR last Saturday, and is assessed as 50/50 for the trip to Vicarage Road.
Boss Liam Rosenior has no more concerns after his players was given a clean sheet of health for a game they know they must win to keep their play-off aspirations alive.

“He’s absolutely fine,” Rosenior told Hull Live on the eve of the trip south when asked about Coyle’s fitness. “He trained today and he’s absolutely fine. We’ll assess him., he’s probably downstairs now getting treated, and he’s still in a little bit of pain so it’s a pain management one.

“Sean McLoughlin trained today as well, which is really, really good. He had a really sore back, it was stiff and completely spasmed up, he trained today (Thursday) and we cleared him yesterday to train (Wednesday) and he trained really well today.

“It’s crazy what he goes through and what he’s given us. To be fair, this time it wasn’t his face, so that was lucky for him. He is what he is. He’s a warrior, and he’s he’s our captain. Anass is 50/50,” the City boss added as he looks to mastermind an 11th away league win of the season against a Watford side who have recovered well under temporary boss Tom Cleverley.
Rosenior says the quality of the training this week has continued to rise, though he knows time is running out for his side to overthrow those teams above them and make the most of their time together with just three games to come after this weekend’s round of action.

“We’ve been busy preparing for Watford, preparing training, and making sure that no stones are left unturned,” he explained. “I keep saying the same things, I wish I had something new I could tell you like the players have trained terribly and they’ve given up but they’ve been brilliant this week. In training, the level’s gone up again. It’s what I felt when we signed a lot of players in January, the connections on and off the pitch are starting to happen.

“Going to Turkey has helped that massively and I can see that now, back on the training ground, there’s an understanding between the players. They are hanging out together, they’re all still downstairs, it’s half past three and they’re still together playing their games with dice or darts and things like that.

“There’s a real nice spirit here, and I just don’t want us to run out of time, that’s what it’s come down to now and if we keep performing at the level that we’ve been performing consistently now in the last four games other than Stoke, which was our first game back in three weeks, we can still have a really, really good end to the season.”

City have just four games left and not only do they need wins of their own, but they also need Norwich and West Brom to slip up in their respective games against Bristol City and Leicester, but Rosenior says his players can’t consider the next four games as cup finals, but instead, treat one at a time and make sure they take care of that because if they don’t, their play-off dreams will likely be over.

Hull City injury latest as Tigers prepare to tackle 'must-win' Watford clash  - Hull Live

“First and foremost, you mention four cup finals; I don’t believe we can look at it that way. It’s Saturday because you won’t get the other three unless we complete the task. We have to concentrate solely on the upcoming game. So far, given we feel there is no space for error, I believe our performances have been excellent, and I consider Middlesbrough in that category. We didn’t quite receive the result we deserved, but when the players are put under real pressure to perform, they have done well so far, and hopefully that will continue on Saturday.

Liam Rosenior offers Hull City injury update as Tigers prepare for Boro -  Hull Live

“In terms of Tom (Cleverley), what a career he had, and it doesn’t surprise me that he gets into coaching, it See the impact he’s had on their team. They are quite tactically adaptable; they do a variety of things, including varied rotations and forms. “He’s done an excellent job in both back four and back five positions.”They’ve been really difficult to beat both at home and away, and I’m confident that if they hadn’t conceded a last-minute goal at Southampton, they’d be unbeaten. They drew away from Ipswich, and they drew with Leeds.

“They have some very, really talented players, as does every team in the Championship, and Tom is someone who, if he wants to have a management or coaching career in the long run, he’s going about it in such a way that it wouldn’t surprise me if he did.
They have a high level of athleticism, players who can harm you in transition, and there is pace and energy throughout the team.

“They demonstrated that in the first game, when we played exceptionally well; we missed a penalty, and then (Wesley) Hoedt scored from 100 yards, and they caught us off guard. We know they are a good team.

We plan each game exactly like we usually do.

“We try to be as prepared as possible; the players understand their duties, positions, and obligations. We know their strengths and where we can exploit them, and they’ll do the same for us; all we have to do is go out and perform.”

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