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Ireland Suffers Injury

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MARK HUGHES has revealed that Stephen Ireland will miss this weekend's live televised encounter against Hull City after sustaining an injury in training.


The news will come to a blow to the Republic of Ireland ace who was named in the starting line-up against his former side Aston Villa last Saturday.


The 28-year old was again expected to feature in Sunday's game at the KC Stadium, but the City boss has confirmed he will now be without his services for a number of weeks.


"We have a problem with Stephen Ireland unfortunately, who has pulled a muscle in his rib cage," Hughes revealed at the pre-match press conference.


"It's a disappointment to us because he is a good player and somebody we would prefer to have available to us.


"It looks like he will be out for a couple of weeks at least, or until the pain has gone to allow him to move around the pitch comfortably."

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