The hull should be without a key figure for Blackburn’s shock

Hull City will be without manager Grant McCann for their Boxing Day clash with the Blackburn Rovers at MKM Stadium, the Tigers have confirmed.

After a somewhat controversial 2-1 loss to Nottingham Forest this weekend that ended a six-game unbeaten streak for the Tigers, they will look to bounce back against Rovers on Sunday.

However, they will have to do it without their manager, after a club press release confirmed that McCann has tested positive for Covid, and will therefore be isolated when the match with Rovers is to be played.

In McCann’s absence, Hull assistant head coach Cliff Byrne will take charge of the first team for this clash.

After the club’s recent return to form, Hull entered the game 19th in the championship standings, four points from the relegation zone.

For their part, Blackburn starts the game fourth in the standings, having won six and drawn in their last seven.

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The verdict

This gives the impression that it will be disappointing for those of Hull’s persuasion.

The first issue is of course the hope that McCann will recover quickly and safely from this positive test, and that is the top priority.

Beyond that, having overseen such an impressive run for his team in recent weeks, you wonder how his absence can affect his squad against Rovers.

Indeed, given the rumors of a manager change once the club’s buyout is over, it can be intriguing how much this group of players are able to get by without McCann on Boxing Day.

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