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Hull have been dealt a major blow ahead of the new Premier League season with the news that both Allan McGregor and Alex Bruce are facing up to six months on the sidelines.
McGregor made 44 appearances for the Tigers last season but he played no part in the Championship play-offs due to a back injury and the same problem is likely to keep him out for up to six months.
Bruce is also facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after sustaining an Achilles injury.
Hull are currently in Portugal preparing for their Premier League return and manager Steve Bruce has confirmed that the pair are set for an extended spell out.
"@therealgreegsy1 (back) and @AlexBruce84 (Achilles) will both miss the start of the @premierleague season due to injury," the club's official Twitter feed read. "Speaking to the press in Portugal, Steve Bruce has confirmed that both players will be out of action for 4-6 months."
Speaking to the Hull Daily Mail, Bruce added: "It's obviously a blow to lose both of them.
"For Alex and Allan, it's obviously a worry. The way the medical teams have progressed, they'll come back strongly.
"They'll be desperately disappointed because there's nothing worse than trying to go into a new season and pick up injuries like these. I'm sure they'll be back but it's a case of when.
It's not a great start, I have to tell you."
The injury to McGregor could force Bruce to dip into the transfer market.
"The injury to the goalkeeper is a big one. You've got to go with three goalkeepers and if Allan is going to be out for four to six months I'm going to have to address that. That isn't healthy," the manager added.