Hull City fans suggest interesting change as first-team star is ruled out for two months

Hull City's Andrew Robertson walks off the pitch after receiving treatment

It never rains but it pours and Mike Phelan could be forgiven for recalling the lyrics of Travis as Andrew Robertson limped off at Bournemouth.

 

Hull City's Andrew Robertson walks off the pitch after receiving treatment

Hull City fans probably thought it couldn’t get any worse after the humiliation of Saturday’s 6-1 defeat to Bournemouth.

Until, that is, left-back Andrew Robertson, one of the more consistent players in an erratic side already stretched to its limit, was ruled out for up to eight weeks with a calf injury.

The news means the 22-year-old will now be absent for Scotland’s crucial World Cup qualifier against England at Wembley in November, not that Gordon Strachan will be having too many headaches. After slipping to a 3-0 defeat in Slovakia, the under-fire manager claimed the nation have incredible strength in depth at left-back, according to the BBC.

Scotland's Andrew Robertson in action

Hull gaffer Mike Phelan, however, is unlikely to share such a carefree spirit. The Tigers have hardly earned their stripes defensively in recent weeks, conceding 17 goals in their last four games and the prolonged loss of their first-choice left-back threatens to turn Phelan’s selection headache into a full-on managerial migraine.

Midfielder Jake Livermore (below) has already been forced to fill in at centre-back for injured captain Michael Dawson throughout the opening weeks of the season while David Marshall has been subjected to intense criticism from a number supporters while standing in for Allan McGregor in goal.

Hull City's Jake Livermore in action with Chelsea's Diego Costa

However, Hull’s lack of a second choice left-back means Phelan may have to throw one of the club’s academy graduates in at the deep end for the foreseeable future.

 

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