Report: Jake Livermore fails cocaine test, out of Hull’s final two relegation battles

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Feel free to call it a big blow for Hull City, as Jake Livermore will not be able to help the Tigers’ final two relegation battles after testing positive for cocaine after a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

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Only Ahmed Elmohamady has hit the pitch for Hull more often than Livermore this season, so this is not a minor hiccup for Steve Bruce’s crew. Livermore, 25, has scored once for the Tigers this season.

Hull sits two points clear of safety and has to face Spurs and Manchester United in attempts to save their Premier League lives.

From The Telegraph:

The club are expected to release a statement this afternoon, but it is a massive blow to manager Steve Bruce, whose side are desperately trying to avoid relegation.

Livermore, who came through Tottenham Hotspur’s Academy, was superb for Hull last season as they managed to stay in the top flight and also reach the FA Cup Final. But his form has dipped this term along with the rest of the Hull side.

Woof. This is a horrible mistake for Livermore, who very well may’ve cost the talent-shallow Tigers their already thin shot at safety.