CURTIS DAVIES will be out for up to a month after the Hull City defender tore a calf in the midweek win over Ipswich Town.
The former captain limped out of the 3-0 win after just 17 minutes and scans have revealed a definite tear.
It means Davies will be out until after the next international break and paves the way for Alex Bruce to return to the starting lline-up. Tomorrow’s home clash with second placed Birmingham City will be only his third start in the league this season.
Speaking at his weekly press briefing this morning, manager Steve Bruce said: “Curtis will be out for four or five weeks. We think it will be after the international break.
“He had the scan yesterday and it revealed it was a torn calf. The reason why he’s torn it is fatigue.
“Playing and training, mainly playing, but from the weekend he was clearly not quite right. He knew straight away. When it’s a muscle injury, you know.
“It’s a shame because he was hitting the form that made him ‘Player of the Season’ a year ago.”