Season over for Hull City's Joe Dudgeon and Matty Fryatt
HULL City's worst injury fears have been confirmed as both Joe Dudgeon and Matty Fryatt will not play again this season.
Manager Steve Bruce revealed both players will require surgery and, as a result, are likely to be ruled out until next summer.
Although the loss of Fryatt had been anticipated for some time following his battle with a long-standing Achilles problem, a cruel set-back for Dudgeon has rocked the Tigers.
The left wing-back had been an ever-present for City through the opening two months of the season, but a knee injury has left his campaign in tatters.
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Dudgeon was given the choice to delay surgery, but City's medical team have taken the decision to cure a historic chondral defect once and for all with an operation.
"It's a horrible operation the kid's having," said Bruce. "It's a shame, Fryatt is having one as well. I think it will be next summer before we see them again, if I'm honest.
"Dudge has damaged the bottom of his knee. It's a chondral defect which is basically a hole at the back of his knee. It's not a nice injury."
The loss of Dudgeon, in particular, will have Bruce weighing up his options in the transfer market.
Liam Rosenior was forced to switch from right to left in the victory at Ashton Gate.