The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FOURTH ROUND -

STEVE Bruce has backed Ahmed El­mo­hamady to fight his way back into the Hull City team.

The Egyp­tian in­ter­na­tional has slipped out of the start­ing XI re­cently, fol­low­ing the re­turn to fit­ness of Robert Sn­od­grass.

But Bruce, who also man­aged the 28-year-old mid­fielder in the Premier League with Sun­der­land, be­lieves El­mo­hamady isn’t the kind of player to feel sorry for him­self.

“Elmo has been a fan­tas­tic player for me for the best part of five or six years, when you in­clude our time at Sun­der­land,” said the man­ager.

“I know ex­actly what he can do, but I be­lieve he has been af­fected by all the non­sense sur­round­ing his fu­ture.”

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