Brown looking to protect King

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Hull manager Phil Brown admits he is reluctant for striker Marlon King to report for international duty with Jamaica next week.

King has been unable to train with the Barclays Premier League high-flyers this week due to a back problem and is doubtful for Sunday's trip to Tottenham.

"Hopefully he will be on the training ground this weekend with a view to playing on Sunday. But he has got a back problem and that is causing me a problem. Therefore an 11-hour flight to Jamaica the next day would not be conducive to curing that problem," said Brown.

King was left out by former Reggae Boyz boss Rene Simoes but the Brazilian's sacking last month has led to a recall for this month's crucial World Cup qualifiers against Mexico and Honduras.

Brown insists he does not want to get involved in a club-versus-country row and will be contacting the Jamaican Football Federation ahead of the Spurs game to warn them King may need to pull out. He also says King accepts the situation.

Theodore Whitmore, a former Hull player, is in interim charge of Jamaica with former Liverpool and England winger John Barnes due to take over in November.

"I am trying to nip a problem in the bud," Brown added. "I will be speaking to the Jamaican FA to mark their card with regards to a possible problem after the game.

"It is not a club-versus-country situation. Marlon's take on it is if there is any problem he doesn't want to travel. He wants to be ready for the West Ham game in a fortnight.

"He is well aware of what we are trying to do here. He is one million percent behind what we are trying to achieve."

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