Hull boss worried returning Derby star will make huge impact

Hull manager Steve Bruce has admitted that he’s worried the club’s decision to sell Tom Ince to Championship rivals Derby will come back to haunt him tonight at the KC Stadium.

The Tigers host the Rams in just a few hours’ time in a game that could see the order at the top of the table change.

Hull currently lead the way with 35 points – joint with Brighton – but a victory for Derby will see them leapfrog their rivals and move into the weekend as the top dogs.

The clash on Humberside will be Ince’s first game back on his old stomping ground after he left the club to join his current side in a £4.75m deal over the summer, and speaking ahead of the game Bruce revealed that he’s worried about facing his former player:

“It’s always a worry when you’re facing a player coming back to his old club because you know he’s fired up.” He is quoted by The Sun.

“He could come back to haunt me. He has the added incentive of maybe wanting to prove a point, because it never really happened for him here.”

There is, however, some good news for Bruce, who may be able to field Robert Snodgrass following his 15-month absence with a dislocated kneecap.