Nigel Adkins is hopeful of having both Jordy de Wijs and Reece Burke available for the Tigers’ Championship opener against Aston Villa despite both seeing both of central defenders forced off in Saturday’s 1-1 draw away at Barnsley.
De Wijs lasted less than half an hour of the friendly fixture following a clash of heads that left the Dutchman with a cut above one eye, whilst Burke also failed to last the full 90 minutes after picking up a knock late on.
However, Adkins was quick to allay any fears that the duo are set for spells on the sidelines.
“Jordy has come off with a nasty gash to the eye and Reece kicked up a nasty kick to his leg towards the end so he couldn’t carry on,” said Adkins.
“I’d like to think they’ll both be available but it highlights the strength in depth we’re going to need. The Championship is tough. We’re only going to have a small squad and everyone will need to contribute.
“A real positive from the game was that we got an hour into Angus MacDonald to support him getting back to the fitness levels needed.”
Speaking after the stalemate at Oakwell, Adkins also explained the reasons why both Will Keane and Fraizer Campbell failed to travel, leaving Nouha Dicko as the only available out-an-out centre-forward in the Tigers’ squad.
“Fraizer Campbell and Will Keane weren’t available to play today,” he added.
“Fraizer picked up a heavy blow to his leg after an hour of the behind-closed-doors game against Mansfield earlier in the week. That was a shame because he was having a super game.
“Will was due to play in that game but he couldn’t because he’d picked up a concussion against Newcastle. He’s on concussion protocol now, meaning he can’t play for a week. There was valuable game time for him to be had so that’s frustrating.
“Will should be fine for the Villa game though and I’d like to think Fraizer will be involved on Monday night against North Ferriby.
“Jackson Irvine was meant to get some game time today but he was feeling unwell before the game, which meant he couldn’t feature.”