Hull City manager Nigel Adkins has confirmed that defender Michael Dawson’s absence from the squad for Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship fixture at Preston North End was down to injury according to the Nottingham Post.

The 34-year-old Northallerton born centre-back was set to join The Tigers’ Sky Bet Championship rivals Nottingham Forest on Transfer Deadline Day only to see the move cancelled by his current club.

Dawson is thought to have favoured a move to The City Ground however his unexpected absence from the Hull City squad is said to have been down to injury alone and the player remains dedicated to his role at The KCOM Stadium.

The injury is thought to be a groin problem which is expected to keep Dawson out of action for at least a fortnight. It is thought that had the centre-back joined Forest, he would have signed a two-and-a-half year deal with The Reds which would have possibly seen him end his career at the club.

Dawson has spent the past three-and-a-half years with Hull City since joining the club in a reported £3.5 million deal from Tottenham Hotspur. The player has made 119 appearances for The Tigers in which he has scored eight goals. The defender was the Hull City Player of the Year in his first season with the club while he won promotion to the English Premier League with The Tigers in 2015/2016.

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