Jake Livermore joined Hull City at the start of their Premier League campaign back in 2013 and could be ironically on his way out of the club just as the Tigers prepare for life back in the Championship with the prospect of relegation looming.
The 25-year-old midfielder has been tested positive for a drugs test and has consequently been banned for the rest of the season, reports the Daily Telegraph.
Officials held a random drugs test before Hull's crunch match at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace where it was revealed that Livermore had been using cocaine. The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder joined Hull in the summer for a fee of £8 million following an impressive first term with the Tigers on loan.
Article continues below
The London born midfielder has played in all but one of Hull City's Premier League fixtures so far this season, providing a goal against his ex side, Spurs.
For now, Jake Livermore is set to miss the rest of the season, but further repercussions are in line to take place in such a rare, but serious incident.
Article continues below
I think it's only right that the 25-year-old should be banned for the rest of his career. The use of drugs in sport is not only dangerous for that individual, but encourages aspiring athletes to use illegal highs.
Drug use is commonly found in cycling and other athletic sports such as sprinting, so to be discovered in football is an unusual situation.
It's not the best of times to be a Hull City supporter, is it? They could be relegated from the Premier League in the next couple of weeks, not to mention their financial fair play situation, and one of their key midfielders has been caught red handed with cocaine in his system.
I spoke to a Hull fan just as the news broke. He said "I can't believe that he would be so stupid to do such a thing in our situation. We're low on midfielders and he's now cost us even more."
David Meyler, Tom Huddlestone and Stephen Quinn are now the only central midfield options for Steve Bruce, and going by recent form, they don't look fantastically appealing.
Gaston Ramirez picked up another injury in midweek which ends his spell in East Yorkshire after a turbulent loan move from Southampton. Mo Diame also remains on the sidelines with the injury that has kept him clear of the team since early December.