Vital 10 days for Hull City's Matty Fryatt: striker may yet face achilles surgery
STEVE Bruce fears Hull City's sidelined striker Matty Fryatt may require surgery to remedy his troublesome Achilles injury.
Fryatt, who has been ruled out since the Tigers' League Cup victory over Rotherham on August 11, has now received three injections in his left ankle in a bid to cure a worrying injury problem.
The 26-year-old is yet to train fully with the City first-team squad and, as a result, will play no part in tomorrow's home game with Millwall, or the trips to Leeds and former club Leicester next week.
City hope a return to training over the next fortnight will see Fryatt avoid an operation, but Bruce accepts the shadow of surgery is looming increasingly large.
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That option would see Fryatt ruled out for the rest of the season and Bruce said: "It's a worrying time for Matty.
"He's only trained with us for a week this season. We certainly hope this injection works because if it doesn't we're probably looking at an operation, which would obviously be a long-term problem.
"The next week or 10 days is vital for us and for Matty so let's hope we get some good news.
"He's still not started training yet. He's been told to rest for now and hopefully we can be more positive next week."
An extended absence for Fryatt would leave Bruce on the look-out for new blood in the emergency loan market.
No new faces are expected imminently but Sunderland midfielder David Meyler remains on the Tigers' radar.
A lack of cover at the Stadium of Light leaves Martin O'Neill reluctant to sanction a loan at present, but Bruce is still understood to be keeping tabs on Meyler's availability.
"We're still on the look out," he added. "We're looking at Jack Hobbs and Tom Cairney out long-term and perhaps Fryatt too.
"There's three key players so we'll keep our fingers on the pulse.
"We had a dabble at the end of the window but the key is to find players who can improve us.
"If there's someone out there and we can do a deal, then I'd be hopeful of still bringing in one or two."