Hull City manager Steve Bruce said he faces an “awful dilemma” over whether to include injury-threatened Mohamed Diame in his team when his side take on Crystal Palace in the English Premier League on Saturday.
The Senegal midfielder has made just one appearance since December due to a knee problem, and the Tigers, who are currently fourth-bottom, had hoped the former West Ham United man would return to help their battle with survival in the English top flight.
However, Bruce conceded the 27-year-old is a big doubt to feature at Selhurst Park, and said: “On Monday, he looked terrific. On Tuesday his knee was sore again.
“That’s the problem we face with Mo. For two or three days he looks terrific but then his knee gives him trouble.
“You have to remember, he’s been out for five months. Of course, we’d all like Mo Diame fit because we know what he gives us.
“It’s one of those awful dilemmas where you might have to take a risk but in the Premier League, if you’re not 100 per cent then you can’t play.
“It’s a crying shame because we have missed him.”
The KC Stadium outfit will also be without left-back Andrew Robertson and centre-back Curtis Davies who suffered ankle and thigh injuries respectively, while striker Nikica Jelavic might not play again this season as he remains sidelined with a knee problem.