March 19, 2015 19:01:40 UK
Hull City striker Nikica Jelavic is set to be out of action for at least six weeks after undergoing a knee operation.
The 29-year-old, who has had plenty of injury problems in the past 18 months, has still managed to score eight goals for the Tigers this season and losing him for upcoming games will be a blow to boss Steve Bruce.
There will be some concern at the KC Stadium that the former Everton forward may not play again this season with just over two months left of the campaign.
He is definitely set to miss Premier League games against Chelsea, Swansea, Southampton, Liverpool and Crystal Palace and Hull may struggle without his goals as they look to stave off the threat of relegation.
Bruce’s side are currently three points above the relegation zone in 15th place with nine matches remaining.
Jelavic, who has been partnered up front by new signing Dame N’Doye recently, will hope to return in May for the final few games of the campaign, but his prolonged absence should give fit-again Abel Hernandez the chance to stake a first-team claim in the run-in.
The club issued a statement saying they felt Jelavic’s surgery should take place “as soon as possible to prevent further damage and complications in the future”.
Hull host Premier League leaders Chelsea on Sunday in another tough game. The Tigers are 7.00 to win, Chelsea are 1.44 and the draw is 4.33.
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