Hull City: Steve Bruce weighs up options while waiting on Joe Dudgeon's fitness for Peterborough clash
JOE Dudgeon has a major question mark hanging over his fitness as Hull City prepare to welcome Peterborough to the KC Stadium on Saturday.
Dudgeon has been an impressive ever-present for Steve Bruce's side, but suffered a jolt to his knee late in the 3-1 defeat to Leicester last weekend.
The knock was initially deemed to be a minor concern but the Tigers' medical team took no chances and sent the left-back for precautionary scans on Tuesday.
The results were expected today but Dudgeon is City's biggest injury concern.
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The 21-year-old, who is no stranger to knee injuries from his time with Manchester United, will not be risked if there is any fear of causing further damage, especially given the fixtures against Blackpool next Tuesday and Sheffield Wednesday in nine days.
The doubts will have Bruce sweating ahead of Saturday's clash against the bottom side.
A 3-5-2 shape has allowed the rookie to excel as a left wing-back and his possible absence will leave a void to be filled.
Ahmed Elmohamady was switched from right to left to cover Dudgeon in the closing stages at Leicester, while Liam Rosenior could also be accommodated in an unfamiliar left-sided role.
Andy Dawson, a recognised left-back, will also be considered, but a 3-5-2 formation does not suit his strengths. The League Cup exit at Doncaster, Dawson's last appearance for City, saw him utilised on the left of a three-man defence, with Cameron Stewart as a wing-back.
Bruce will hope Seyi Olofinjana is fit enough to start, after he returned to the subs' bench at Leicester following his hamstring injury. He has not started since the 4-1 win over Millwall.
THE FA has confirmed no disciplinary action will be taken against Bruce following his dismissal at Leicester. He was sent to stands for contesting a decision and will receive an FA letter "reminding him of his responsibilities".