By James Agberebi:
Gaston Ramirez and Sone Aluko could provide a boost for manager Steve Bruce this week with both players having an outside chance of being fit to face West Ham United on Sunday.
According to the club’s official website, hullcitytigers.com, Ramirez is making a quicker than expected recovery from a groin problem picked up against Everton on New Year’s Day despite initially being ruled out for up to six weeks. Aluko is also progressing well after missing the weekend defeat at West Brom with a calf injury.
Meanwhile, scans have shown that Nikica Jelavic sustained no serious damage to his knee at West Brom on Saturday although he is expected to be sidelined for between three and six weeks. Abel Hernandez, who also pulled up during the defeat at The Hawthorns, has a small grade two tear of his abductor muscle, for which the normal recovery time frame is around four to six weeks.
Aluko has appeared 12 times for Hull this current campaign, scoring just one goal which came in a 1-1 draw against Everton in December 2014 at Goodison Park.
Hull City are 18th on the league table after recording just four wins from 21 matches.