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."