Opportunity may knock for younger Bruce

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“believe me, if I could have any preferential treatment this week then I would snatch at it.”

Alex Bruce was laughing as he spoke to The Yorkshire Post before heading south for today’s FA Cup final. Of course, he will not be asking father Steve to start him at Wembley out of any family loyalty.

But, joking aside, there is a very real chance of Alex starting against the Gunners due to James Chester having injured his hamstring and Paul McShane having played just 63 minutes in the past three months.

Bruce said: “The excitement levels are massive. This is a huge, huge game and one that everyone at the club is eagerly looking forward to.

“I don’t think any of us have had to prepare for an FA Cup final in our careers before so it is a new experience for us all.

“It has been great to be back in the team in recent weeks. I feel good and I feel fit. Hopefully, that will stand me in good stead.

“None of us know the team yet so all we can do is wait with our fingers crossed. Whoever gets the nod can then, hopefully, do the job that needs to be done.”

Steve Bruce was famously told that he was not in the Manchester United side to face Liverpool in 1996 by Sir Alex Ferguson on the pitch and the Hull manager has not ruled out doing something similar.

Alex added: “I am no different to anyone else in terms of knowing what the team is. I would love to know I am playing. Of course I would. But I think he (Steve Bruce) would tell me to ‘sod off’ if I asked him. So, I won’t.

“I will find out with everyone else, be that in the morning or even at the game.”