Brady to miss four weeks with hernia problem
Hull City winger Robbie Brady is set to undergo surgery on a hernia that will force him to miss four weeks of the season.
Brady, 21, has been a key figure for Steve Bruce's men so far this season, scoring four goals in seven games.
The Republic of Ireland international's performances have helped propel the newly-promoted club to eighth in the Premier League, with Brady playing a pivotal role in recent wins over Newcastle United and West Ham United.
However, Bruce's men will now have to cope without the influence of the former Manchester United man, who is also poised to miss his country's FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Germany and Kazakhstan later this month.
"It's actually a condition that we've been managing for around six weeks now," head of medical services Rob Price told the club's official website.
"Robbie has managed to play through that and been particularly successful despite being in a reasonable amount of pain.
"We had a sit down between Robbie, the manager and myself to make a decision on when it would be best to have the surgery and Robbie decided that he couldn't really continue to play with the pain he was having.
"We met with the surgeon on Monday night and Robbie will go for surgery this afternoon (Tuesday). We're hopeful that he will be back playing sometime within around four weeks.
"Robbie's obviously disappointed to be missing games, both for us and at international level.
"But, we only look at surgery when it suits the condition of the player rather than looking at which games are coming up."