'Elmo was on fire, I'd love him back': Hull City's David Meyler on Sunderland winger Ahmed Elmohamady
DAVID Meyler wants another reunion with loan star Ahmed Elmohamady at the KC Stadium this month to give Hull City's Championship promotion bid a timely lift.
Elmohamady's proposed season-long stay with the Tigers was prematurely cut short last week when Martin O'Neill called the Egyptian back to cover an injury crisis at the Stadium of Light.
Although a return to Wearside saw the 25-year-old used as a late substitute in the Black Cats' 3-2 victory at Wigan Athletic on Saturday, O'Neill is expected to sanction a second loan at the KC Stadium if he is able to strengthen in the final nine days of the January transfer window.
Elmohamady is known to be keen on continuing an excellent campaign with the Tigers, where his 23 appearances have yielded one goal and six assists, and Meyler admits the return of his former Sunderland and City team-mate would be a huge boost.
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"I played with Elmo for three years at Sunderland and he's got bundles of ability," said Meyler.
"It's a pity that he's gone back to Sunderland because he's done brilliantly in my time here and before that too.
"You can see a player that hadn't been playing much, and then once he's got a run of games he's been terrific.
"You can see why Sunderland chose to recall him because he's been doing so well.
"I'm hopeful that he can come back here and help us kick back on up the league for promotion."
City's claims on an automatic promotion place were dealt a cruel blow last week when news of Elmohamady's recall followed on quickly from the loss of top goalscorer Sone Aluko to an Achilles injury.
Bruce's men began a league game without both Elmohamady and Aluko for the first time this season at the weekend and the pair's loss was felt in a below-par 1-1 draw at Peterborough.
While Elmohamady could feasibly be back in the fold in time for City's next league game – the trip to Millwall on February 2 – it will be at least another month before Aluko is back in action.
Meyler admits the injury set-back has dealt the Tigers an unfortunate hand, but knows Aluko will return as a huge asset for the final two months of the season.
"It's going to be a loss but the show must go on," added Meyler.
"Aluko is a fantastic player, he's got serious amounts of ability.
"I can remember the first time I saw him in an Old Firm game at Celtic Park. I was fascinated by his feet and the way he can play.
"It's been a great pleasure to play alongside him at Hull, every week he never fails to amaze me with the things he does.
"It's a shame to lose him but I know he'll be working hard to come back as quickly as he possibly can."
CITY'S FA Youth Cup tie at Northampton Town tomorrow night (7pm) will be the subject of a pitch inspection at the Sixfields Stadium today. Heavy snowfall has put the fixture in doubt for a second time having previously been postponed last week.