Hull defender Alex Bruce struggling with groin injury

The 29-year-old had to be withdrawn during the 0-0 draw with Stoke City on Saturday, but Tigers assistant manager Steve Agnew remains hopefully he will not miss any games
Hull City defender Alex Bruce is struggling with a groin injury after being forced off in their 0-0 draw at home to Stoke City on Saturday.

The former Leeds United man was withdrawn 67 minutes into the KC Stadium clash, with Stoke dominating the closing stages after his substitution.

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Bruce has helped set a club record a Premier League-best return of just three goals conceded at home this season - and assistant manager Steve Agnew remains hopeful the 29-year-old will not be forced to miss any game time.

"He's tweaked his groin," Agnew told reporters. "He was struggling at Swansea the other night, but he got through it. It's tight and it's sore but hopefully it will be okay.

"We've had various players in that three at the back and you need to have certain qualities to play central or on the right or the left.

"We had to change it and then it caused one or two problems, particularly down the left side, so we changed it to a back four.

"Credit to the players, we work at it every week and our shape now and discipline behind the ball is really, really good.

"It does frustrate our opposition at times and we're really pleased with that. It's not just the defenders, it's your front two and it goes all the way through the team."