As featured on NewsNow: Football news

Hull boss Bruce says McGregor fit for FA Cup final

Hull City boss Steve Bruce says goalkeeper Allan McGregor will be fit for the FA Cup final with Arsenal.

Six weeks ago, McGregor suffered three broken ribs and internal bleeding in a nasty collision against West Ham United.

"I went the hospital the day after the incident at West Ham and I saw Allan in the intensive care unit," recalled Bruce yesterday.

"He was in a bad way and the doctors had come in and said that, hopefully, the next 24 hours will be okay because they would be crucial. There was a spell when we thought that he could lose his kidney.

"I think I have got this medically correct, but had the tear been just a bit more, there would not have been any way to stop the bleeding.

"In that situation, you can't repair it because you can't stop the bleeding, so you have to remove it.

"Those first 24 hours were crucial but then, McGregor being McGregor, he told me that everything was going to be all right in six weeks.

"I said: 'That's good'. He said: 'Yes because the FA Cup Final is going to be seven weeks away'.

"In his mind from that day in the hospital bed, he was convinced he was going to try and make it.

"To be honest, I just walked out of the hospital after that and thought: 'You are mad'.

"But then again, he is mad. Mad in a good way. Tough.

"Allan is a bit of a throwback to the old ones. He's a bit like (Hull midfielder) David Meyler in the sense you need a shovel to break their backs.

"He has given himself every chance and I did not think that day in the hospital there was going to be any chance."

 For the big stories and the banter follow us on Twitter: @tribalfootball

Need a VPN? Or seeking to switch? Then support Tribal Football by clicking here to sign up with our official partners NordVPN. Not only will you receive the best VPN experience, but also great discounts by signing up via Tribal Football. Thanks for your support!

Video of the day:

About the author

Tribal Football Staff

Have your say

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

  1. Go Ad-Free
  2. Faster site experience
  3. Support great writing
  4. Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free