Hull defender Michael Dawson could potentially miss the side’s EFL Cup semi-final first leg against Manchester United with a shoulder injury, the club has confirmed.

Dawson was substituted in the second-half of the Tigers’ 2-0 FA Cup third-round win over Swansea City with a shoulder knock and will have his problem tested before the game to find out whether he can captain the side at Old Trafford.

He is the latest defender to pick up an injury, with Curtis Davies to miss the match with a hamstring issue and Harry Maguire also facing tests to see whether he can take to the field following a hip problem.

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The final 20 minutes of the FA Cup game saw midfielders Jake Livermore and Tom Huddlestone create a makeshift centre-back partnership and the two may be needed again against the Red Devils.

Livermore has been called on many times at the beginning of the season as a centre-back, including in a 1-0 league defeat against United at the end of August.

Such a partnership would complete an unorthodox back-four with fellow midfielder David Meyler expected to continue in place Ahmed Elmohamady at right-back during the Egyptian’s spell away at the African Cup of Nations.

Meanwhile, striker Abel Hernandez could potentially make his first start in over two months after successfully returning from groin and hernia injuries.

The Uruguayan came back with a bang, scoring just his second goal of the season on Saturday, and could challenge Adama Diomande for a place in the starting line-up as one of two strikers available for the game.

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