Thirty-nine year old Steve Harper will again play a valuable role in a Premier League campaign, as he’s the likely replacement for Hull City’s injured goalkeeper, Allan McGregor.
McGregor has been feeling shoulder pain for a while and, while he won’t need surgery, will miss up to six weeks for the Tigers. Harper has been with Hull since 2013, and the longtime Newcastle United No. 2. also spent time at Huddersfield Town and Brighton & Hove Albion.
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Scotland will also not be able to call upon McGregor in Euro 2016 qualifiers, though David Marshall of Cardiff City has been starting for the Scots.
“The specialist has said he needs to rest and stop diving on it,” Bruce said. “If you’ve got a sore shoulder and he’s diving on it every day we need to take him out and make sure he recovers.
“Hopefully in four to six weeks he’ll be back to normal. We’re just delighted he doesn’t need an operation. We first thought it might need one.”
Hull faces a tough run over the next six weeks. After this weekend’s hosting of Crystal Palace, the Tigers go to Liverpool and Arsenal before returning home to face Southampton. Hull is 16th in the table with six points through six matches.