Hull City striker Dieumerci Mbokani has been ruled out for six weeks after picking up a hamstring injury, the club has confirmed.

Mbokani started the side’s 1-1 draw against Burnley before being replaced in the second half by fellow loanee Oumar Niasse.

He is set to potentially miss key relegation six-pointers against Leicester City, Swansea City and Middlesbrough if he does not return until the second week of April.

The 31-year-old has made just 12 appearances for the Tigers since arriving on a season-long loan deal from Dynamo Kiev in the summer, missing games through injury, suspension and the Africa Cup of Nations.

His absence will be the latest striker problem for the side just as Abel Hernandez returns from a similar injury, with just the Uruguayan, Adama Diomande and Niasse currently available to head coach Marco Silva as senior options.

A number of injuries have struck the position during the 2016/17 season with Diomande being the only consistently fit striker throughout the season, making 28 appearances in all competitions.

In other news, defender Harry Maguire is being tested ahead of the club’s next game against Leicester after a slight knee injury occurred during the match against the Clarets. Evandro and Lazar Markovic are also making progression from injuries.

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