Leeds United have been handed a major boost ahead of their upcoming Yorkshire derby with Hull City, after the Tigers confirmed on Twitter that Abel Hernandez will miss the game at Elland Road due to a hamstring injury.
TEAM NEWS: Steve Bruce tells the media that Abel Hernandez won't feature against @LUFC on Saturday because of a hamstring injury.— Hull City (@HullCity) December 4, 2015
The 25-year-old is the promotion contenders' top goalscorer in the Championship this season with seven strikes to his name. And while he featured as a substitute during the Capital One Cup defeat to Manchester City in midweek, his manager has confirmed that he will not take part in Saturday's game.
While Hull have been one of the most free-scoring sides in the division - with only Ipswich Town scoring more in the league so far this season - Hernandez's absence is surely going to affect the side. Apart from the Uruguayan, the club's next top scorers in the Championship have three goals.
Steve Bruce also confirmed that while Curtis Davies will be available after illness, captain Michael Dawson is still on the sidelines, and won't feature.
TEAM NEWS: Bruce expects Curtis Davies to be available following illness, but the game will come too soon for Michael Dawson.— Hull City (@HullCity) December 4, 2015
Having gone three games without a win - albeit, with one of those fixtures coming at the Etihad - Hull's problems with injury may provide Steve Evans with the confidence that they can spring an upset, and end their own wait for a win.