Bruce: Fitness levels a worry
Hull boss Steve Bruce is keeping his fingers crossed that his players are ready for their big European adventure.
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The Tigers launch their first ever Europa League campaign next Thursday evening when they face either Slovakian side Trencin or FK Vojvodina of Serbia in the third qualifying round, and it is likely to be Trencin who take a 4-0 lead into the second leg of their tie.
Bruce admits it is a challenge to be ready for competitive football in July, and he is hoping fitness level are up to scratch.
He told the Hull Daily Mail: "It's strange this year, everything is geared towards the big European game a week on Thursday.
"Let's hope we're ready and not under-cooked. That's the difficult bit.
"Against a team like that who have played games, we know they'll be fitter than us, but we should be okay."
Bruce has added Robert Snodgrass and Tom Ince to the squad during the summer and secured loan signing Jake Livermore on a permanent basis, but is in the market for further additions.
Reports have linked the club with a move for Rennes defender Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik with their efforts to land Tottenham's Michael Dawson having so far come to nothing.