Bruce has faith in Nigerian ace Aluko

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Aluko injured his Achilles tendon in mid-November which cut short his impressive showing and ruled him out for the rest of last season.

But Bruce is confident in the potential of the Nigerian, and the value he can add to the Tigers' team this season.

"We have to be careful, he’s been out since last Christmas,” Bruce noted.

"The big thing for him is can he stay fit after being out for so long.

"If he does I think he’ll light up the Premier League, people will enjoy watching him, he’s one of those players. I really hope he can stay injury free," Bruce said.

The 24-year-old has shaken off the ankle injury he picked up against Manchester City on August 31, and will be available for selection this weekend against Cardiff City for whom Osaze Odemwingie is expected to make his debut.

Aluko has played for Hull City in all three of their Premier League games this season.

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