By Danny Wright
Hull have confirmed that key striker Abel Hernandez will miss the final game of the season when Tottenham travel to the KCOM Stadium on Sunday.
The 26-year-old was sidelined with an ankle injury in the 4-0 loss at Crystal Palace last week which consigned the Tigers to relegation and he will now miss a second game in a row.
Hernandez is currently Hull’s joint top goal scorer, having found the net just five times in all competitions this season.
He also spent just under two months on the sidelines during the winter due to a torn abductor muscle.
A statement on Hull’s official website on Thursday also confirmed that Harry Maguire and Evandro will miss the fixture.
“Harry Maguire, Abel Hernandez and Evandro are all set to miss out on Sunday’s final game of the 2016/17 Premier League campaign against Tottenham Hotspur at the KCOM Stadium,” read the statement.
“Maguire picked up a knee injury after a challenge with Christian Benteke in the early stages of the second half against Crystal Palace last weekend, whilst Evandro suffered a groin strain in the defeat at Selhurst Park.
“Hernandez missed the Palace trip with an ankle injury and remains unavailable for Spurs’ visit to the KCOM.”
Maguire, 24, has played a vital role in the Tigers’ campaign.
He’s made 36 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals and supplying three assists and his absence is surely going to be felt the most against a Tottenham side that has recently hit six at Leicester.
Hull and Spurs are two clubs that cannot change position in the last round of Premier League fixtures on Sunday.
Marco Silva’s side are guaranteed to finish in 18th following their fateful loss at Palace while Spurs ensured themselves of the runners-up spot after keeping the pressure on Chelsea for most of the campaign.
In other Tottenham news, Martin Tyler has revealed why he thinks Chelsea beat Spurs to the title.