Boateng boost for Tigers

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Hull midfielder George Boateng is making encouraging progress in his recovery from a knee ligament injury.

The 33-year-old was ruled out for around 10 weeks after being carried off during the Tigers' FA Cup third-round replay at Newcastle on January 14. Former Holland international Boateng has been in his home country for treatment but is due back in Hull this week for assessment.

Manager Phil Brown said: "He is coming on very nicely. He has been across with the Dutch physios that he has been working with all his career."

He added: "With a bit of luck we will assess over a week to 10 days whether he stays with us or needs to go back to Holland.

"He is four weeks into an eight-to-10-week injury so we would need to see a marked sign of progress."

Another injury victim, Anthony Gardner, made his long-awaited return to action in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

It was only the defender's fourth appearance since his £2.5million summer move from Tottenham after spending five months on the sidelines with thigh injuries.

Brown was encouraged by his performance and he could be in contention to face former club Tottenham in Hull's next Barclays Premier League game next Monday.

"The massive plus was Tony Gardner getting 90 minutes under his belt," Brown said.

"We always said if we could get him up to speed in January it would be like a new signing."

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