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Hull duo in cup fitness race

Hull City manager Steve Bruce has revealed that injured duo Allan McGregor and Paul McShane could be fit for the FA Cup final.

Both players were expected to be out until next season, with McGregor suffering three broken ribs and a badly damaged kidney against West Ham last month and McShane missing since February 11 due to ankle ligament damage.

But with the Tigers booking a Wembley date against Arsenal on May 17, the pair are attempting to put themselves in contention for the showpiece.

With time running short and only three league matches remaining - starting with Fulham on Saturday - odds remain against either proving their fitness in time.

But Bruce is happy to give Scotland goalkeeper McGregor and Republic of Ireland defender McShane every chance.

"Allan is jogging on the training ground and he's making a desperate effort to be fit," said Bruce.

"I'm not going to stop it but obviously he's got three broken ribs and a damaged kidney. Despite that he's doing his very best to be fit for the FA Cup final.

"If he's making those strides I'm not going to say 'whoah, Allan, you're not going to be playing'. If he can make himself available then great.

"Paul is due to be training on Saturday after nine weeks out with his ankle as well and I'm not going to rule anyone out yet."

A victory over Fulham would see Hull all but safe from relegation from the Premier League but, with Felix Magath having added some much-needed backbone to the Cottagers' squad, Bruce knows that is not a simple proposition.

"He's certainly made an impression and given them a chance," he said. "He's been positive since he walked in and was adamant they weren't going down.

"He got a couple of wins back to back, which is huge at the bottom, and they've got a chance like everyone else has now. He's galvanised them a bit and had a response.

"But we need to see it off. We've got three away games out of our last four and we need to pick up a few points.

"We're still in a wonderful position and we'd love to see it off against Fulham because if we win I think we're safe."