Hull Daily Mail understands that key Hull City striker Abel Hernandez will return to the squad for Saturday’s clash against Rotherham United. It would provide Steve Bruce with a timely piece of good news prior to two crucial play-off semi final legs in the next few weeks.

The Uruguayan international has been absents for the last two Tigers games because of a slight ankle problem. He sat out the victory against Brentford, and the shock reversal at already-relegated Bolton Wanderers.

Bruce revealed that he wasn’t prepared to take any chances with his number one target at the Macron Stadium last weekend. The 25-year-old couldn’t play at a push according to Bruce, but insists there was no point risking him with the play-offs just around the corner. Thankfully, he will be OK to face Rotherham and Bruce is delighted to welcome him back,

“It was just a knock he got a week ago. He’s had a bit of a sore ankle so we weren’t taking any chances.

“We’ve got to look after him because when we’re without him we find it difficult to score.

“He will play (against Rotherham). If we’d have needed him, he could have played but with the knock we just wanted to make sure he was 100 per cent.

“We’ll have to see how people are because it’s going to be a big week getting ready for the play-offs.”

Although there is essentially ‘nothing riding’ on the Rotherham game on Saturday, Bruce and 20-goal striker Hernandez will be eager to sure they wrap up a fourth place finish to ensure that they face the second leg against Derby County away from home. They’ll also be desperate to right the wrongs of the poor defeat to lowly Bolton and take some momentum before taking on Darren Wassall’s men.

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