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Steve Bruce keen to boost his depleted Tigers side

By Tom Allnutt

Hull boss Steve Bruce has admitted he faces a race against time to add to his squad after losing new midfielder Robert Snodgrass for six months with a knee injury.

Bruce takes his team to Belgium for tonight's Uefa Europa League play-off first leg against Lokeren after an opening Barclays Premier League win at QPR that came at a price.

Summer signing Snodgrass suffered a dislocated kneecap in the 1-0 win at Loftus Road and must undergo further scans to determine the extent of possible ligament damage.

In addition, Alex Bruce is ruled out with a back injury and, following the sale of Shane Long to Southampton last week, Bruce is fully aware of the need to act before the transfer window shuts.

Bruce said: "We're trying to add to the squad as we know we have to – we've lost two big players in the last week.

"We didn't envisage losing Snodgrass for six months, which is a big blow for us. We've got 10 or 12 days to bring in a replacement, and two or three offers went out in the last 24 to 48 hours."

Yannick Sagbo is expected to partner Sone Aluko up front, while Maynor Figueroa is also expected to figure.

Bruce added: "I will be changing my team around and giving the players who got us into Europe last year the chance to play in Europe. I think working that way is what gives us the spirit that we've been playing with. They're all going to get their chance."

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