Hull City’s Moses Odubajo will miss the opening months of next season after the luckless defender suffered another setback in his recovery from a long-standing knee injury writes the Hull Daily Mail.
Odubajo had been targeting a comeback in August when City make their Championship return but those hopes have now been dashed by another cruel blow.
Although the length of his latest lay-off remains unclear for now, there are fears Odubajo could be facing another painstaking rehabilitation before he is considered for first-team football. The 23-year-old has endured a miserable run of fortune since he helped City win promotion 12 months ago when starring in the Championship play-off final win over Sheffield Wednesday.
A Premier League bow beckoned for the former Leyton Orient and Brentford star but he saw his career derailed when dislocating his kneecap in a pre-season friendly away to Grimsby Town last July.
The original diagnosis promised a return within six months but despite being described as making “excellent strides” towards a comeback, a fresh setback in October ensured the defender would be denied any role in the Premier League season that ended with relegation.
City’s medical team had been hopeful Odubajo would take part in a mid-summer training camp alongside all of the club’s long-term absentees, setting the right-back up to play a part in pre-season training from early July. Those plans have now been shelved after suffering more damage on the same knee, a recurrence that could see Odubajo miss a significant chunk of next season.
Odubajo was sorely missed as City fell out of the Premier League this term. The Londoner had been pencilled in to be the Tigers’ first-choice right-back after making 53 appearances in a debut season that followed his £3.5m move from Brentford in August 2015 but his prolonged absence left City with a void they struggled to fill.
Odubajo was forced to watch all of this season from the sidelines and in an interview given in January he admitted his ongoing frustrations.
“I’ve never had an injury like this before, I’ve never been through something like this. It’s as tough mentally as it is physically,” said Odubajo.
“I’ve had support from the players, the coaching staff, the fans and my family and they’ve helped me get through a very tough period in my career. I’m just staying positive which is all I can do at the moment. I’ve just been unlucky.
“There’s always going to be chances for me to play in the Premier League if I keep my head down and work hard. I’ve got age on my side so I’m not panicking.”
Source: Hull Daily Mail.