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Saturday 10 December 2016

Phelan hopes for Cup to bring joy

Robert Snodgrass
Robert Snodgrass

Hull's hopes of a confidence-boosting EFL Cup win at Bristol City tonight have been dealt a blow as boss Mike Phelan waits to learn the full extent of Robert Snodgrass' ankle injury.

Snodgrass left the KCOM Stadium in a protective boot and on crutches after Saturday's fifth straight Premier League defeat against Stoke and to lose the Scotland international for an extended period would put another dent in Hull's sagging morale.

The winger has had a scan and is a major doubt for his side's fourth round tie at Ashton Gate, while defender Andrew Robertson (calf) was ruled out for two months last week and striker Dieumerci Mbokani is sidelined with a hamstring injury.

"We have lost players to injury and might have lost another one," Phelan revealed after Stoke midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri's superb double on Saturday had sent the Tigers into the bottom three.

"But we have to look at (Tuesday night) to gain some confidence, some rhythm to take into the league. We have a couple of promising young kids we will have a look at. Injuries are part of the game."

Leeds boss Gary Monk wants his team to enhance their growing confidence at Elland Road by knocking out Norwich, who won away at Premier League Everton in the last round. "We're five games unbeaten at home and we want to keep that going. Even though it's a cup game we need to have the same mentality," Monk said.

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