Gardner's injury heartache
Gardner has suffered another set-back to his season as he faces more time on the sidelines.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 31/10/08 4:30pm
Hull City defender Anthony Gardner has suffered another frustrating set-back to his season as he faces more time on the sidelines.
The defender has pulled his thigh muscle while playing in a friendly game.
Gardner was making his comeback - having been injured for a month after pulling his other thigh muscle - in a behind closed doors match against Leeds United on Monday, with the defender looking to get some match fitness under his belt.
The 28-year-old has had a frustrating time of it since his £2.5million transfer from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer, with injuries restricting him to just three league appearances for his new club.
Perhaps some sort of consolation for the former Port Vale man is that his latest injury is not related to the thigh problem that has kept him out of action since mid-September.
Hull City manager Phil Brown was obviously disappointed with the news: "Anthony Gardner has pulled his thigh.
"We played a behind closed-doors game against Leeds United on Monday and Anthony has picked up a strain from that game.
"That's disappointing because he was just coming back to full fitness. It's not the same thigh he's had problems with it's the other one.
"We're not sure how long he will be out for, it could be a couple of weeks."