The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

HULL City boss Steve Bruce has con­firmed he will have to con­tend with­out in­flu­en­tial mid­fielder Robert Sn­od­grass and striker Nick Pow­ell for three games in seven days that could shape their sea­son.

Sn­od­grass, 28 and Pow­ell, 21, missed yes­ter­day’s clash with MK Dons and Bruce will be des­per­ate to get the pair fit and back on the field with a hec­tic run of Cham­pi­onship games on the hori­zon.

Sn­od­grass suf­fered a groin strain and Pow­ell a ham­string in­jury. Nei­ther is thought to be long-term, but they join mid­fielder Shaun Maloney in the treat­ment room.

In­jury-plagued Ryan Tay­lor, who has fea­tured in two Cham­pi­onship games all sea­son, is an­other set for a spell on the side be­cause of an in­grow­ing toe­nail.

Hull take on For­est on Tues­day be­fore trav­el­ling to pro­mo­tion ri­vals Mid­dles­brough on Fri­day with de­pleted num­bers.

“Sn­od­grass tweaked a groin yes­ter­day cross­ing a ball and then Pow­ell felt his ham­string at the start of the warm-up,” ex­plained Bruce.

Sn­od­grass’ prospects of an­swer­ing a Scot­land call-up for this month’s friendly date with Czech Re­pub­lic are now in doubt as the Tigers aim to pro­tect the winger.

Bruce is de­ter­mined to en­sure his charge for the Premier League is not hin­dered by a build-up of in­juries.

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