Injured O’Brien back with Bees

Hull City are hoping injured striker Sone Aluko will return to

first-team action before the end of the month.

Aluko, 23, was expected to be sidelined for up to eight weeks

when scans revealed he had a slight tear in his Achilles tendon and

manager Steve Bruce had written off February for the former

Birmingham striker.

But Aluko, whose eight goals have helped propel Hull into

automatic promotion contention following his release from Rangers

and subsequent arrival at the KC Stadium in the summer, has not

ruled out a comeback in the home game against Blackburn on February

19 or at Bolton the following Saturday.

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The 21-year-old, who saved a penalty against Middlesbrough in

the FA Cup last month, will be sidelined for up to eight weeks with

a groin injury.

“I am absolutely gutted because I was, I believe, playing well

and I was enjoying my time at the club,” he told the Bees’

website.

“I will now miss the majority of the season, well what is left

of it, but I am determined to come back stronger than ever.”