Tigers trio make Italy trip
Hull City will take injured trio Ian Ashbee, Jimmy Bullard and Anthony Gardner on their pre-season training camp.
Last Updated: 06/06/09 5:30pm
Hull will take long-term injury trio Ian Ashbee, Jimmy Bullard and Anthony Gardner on next month's pre-season training camp to Italy.
Boss Phil Brown says all three are set to feature on the training ground "in some shape" in early July as they continue their bid to return to fitness.
Bullard has been out since January with an anterior cruciate ligament, Gardner has been missing since March with a fractured vertebrae while Ashbee missed the final three games of last season after rupturing his posterior cruciate ligament.
Brown told the club's official website: "Jimmy, Anthony and Ian will all be at different levels of fitness.
"The plans have fitted in well in terms of the amount of rest they will need because they have already been working hard.
"But by the time we get to Bormio in Italy, hopefully all three will be on the training ground in some shape.
"Whether that is in full-tilt training, just short of full-tilt training or just rehabilitation we'll see, but they'll certainly all be going to Bormio."
Brown hailed the club's medical staff in helping the trio's rehabilitation.
"It's testimony to the backroom staff that we have got at this club that we have gone on a one-to-one basis with them and are almost living in the pockets of the players to get the three of them somewhere near come July 8th," he said.