Hull City academy product Robbie McKenzie is expected to make his full league debut for the Tigers this weekend against Bolton Wanderers.
The defender seems a likely option to plug a hole in Nigel Adkins’ side as the head coach comes to terms with a number of defensive injuries.
Both Reece Burke and Jordy de Wijs will miss Saturday’s clash at the University of Bolton Stadium after limping out of Wednesday’s game against Bristol City through respective hip/groin and head problems as injuries begin to bite.
McKenzie, who replaced Burke in the side with half an hour to play at Ashton Gate, had made just one league appearance for the Tigers prior to the game, but with defensive options looking increasingly bare he could be set to be called upon.
A former South Holderness School pupil, the 20-year-old has been with the club for a decade after joining the under-10s and working his way up through the ranks to the brink of the City first-team.
However, while his name will be new to many supporters, those who follow the club’s under-23s will be more than aware of his talent.
Alongside this season’s breakthrough star Dan Batty, McKenzie was a shining light for Jon Beale’s outfit almost two full seasons, taking the captain’s armband on occasion and leading by example in a number of positions across the back line and the midfield.
A first-team debut came when he was just 18-years-old, after being included in Leonid Slutsky’s young side to face Doncaster Rovers in the Carabao Cup last season. But, having caught the eye of Nigel Adkins he was one of several youngsters to train with the senior squad throughout pre-season and inclusion in the club’s starting XI to face Sheffield United in the cup gave an indication of his progress.
The 3-2 win over Rotherham in August provided a league debut and a first Championship start for his hometown club ought to be the next step in a blossoming career.
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