Adkins acknowledges Hull ‘need a lot of magic’ to overcome Chelsea in FA Cup
The FA Cup wins against Nottingham Forest and Blackburn have provided two of their three victories in 2018.
Nigel Adkins admits injury-hit Hull will “need a lot of magic” at Chelsea given their huge list of absentees for Friday’s FA Cup fifth-round encounter.
For a side dealing with a spate of issues on and off the field, the cup has provided some welcome respite for the Championship strugglers.
The FA Cup wins against Nottingham Forest and Blackburn have provided two of their three victories in 2018, but few expect the Tigers to add to that tally at Stamford Bridge.
“We’ve probably got 12 on the injured list,” Hull boss Adkins said, the day after midfielder Ryan Mason announced his retirement due to the fractured skull sustained at Chelsea last January.
“So, it’s a challenging scenario that we’ve got. We’ve got to play players who probably won’t last the full 90 minutes, so how can we impact with the substitutions?
“It’s a shame because we’ve been on a consistent run at the moment. Our performances have been good and you’re trying to get a run of form.
“But, again, we’re going to have to change the team around again. We need a lot of magic to help us, let’s face it, because they’re an outstanding team.
“We’re going there under no illusions but it’s the FA Cup and anything’s possible.”
The on-loan Chelsea trio of Michael Hector, Ola Aina and Fikayo Tomori are all ineligible to face their parent club, while experienced midfielder Seb Larsson is suspended.
“Michael is not training today but trained yesterday having been out with a groin injury,” Adkins said of skipper Dawson.
“Kammy has not trained so we will just have to wait and see. They could be involved, but there is a chance they will not be involved.”
Asked about Dawson after a deadline-day return to Nottingham Forest failed to come to fruition, Adkins added: “Michael is a Hull City football player, he is captain of Hull City.
“He’s doing everything he can to get himself fit and he’s had a groin injury for a while. He won’t train today but hopefully he’ll recover for the games coming up.”