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As if the injuries of both goalkeepers Allan McGregor and Steve Harper aren't enough to plague Steve Bruce's mind with, the Hull City boss now has to deal with another two key injury blows.

In-form forward Nikica Jelavic didn't even make the kick-off of the game against Arsenal at the weekend when he pulled up short in the warm up as he tore his medial meniscus located in the knee.

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Jelavic out for six weeks?

The injury didn't seem too offensive at first hand but scans later showed that the casualty was much more severe. Having got of to a flyer of a start to the season, scoring four goals in seven games, which equals his goal for the entirety of last season - although the Croatian only signed in January.

Now the 29-year-old will face approximately six weeks on the sidelines and will undergo an operation as soon as possible.

Michael Dawson

But Hull's injury woes were about to be dented even further. Michael Dawson seemed to be playing with a niggling injury as he was clearly seen limping and in serious discomfort

The summer signing from Spurs had reached the end of the line as far as his game was concerned and was substituted for Alex Bruce. Scans have shown that the 30-year-old has ruptured his lateral ankle ligament. Featuring in his sixth competitive appearance since signing in August, he too will face a six-week wait on the sidelines.

Robert Snodgrass

Dawson and Jelavic have now joined the worryingly growing list of injured Tigers alongside McGregor and Harper as well as £7 million signing Robert Snodgrass, who picked up a severe knee injury on the season opener at Loftus Road.

Hull travel to Liverpool on Saturday and will expectedly use Hatem Ben Arfa as a replacement for Jelavic, as they did against Arsenal, and will give Alex Bruce the opportunity to stand in for Dawson.

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