Hunt, who signed a four-year deal when he joined from Reading last summer, joins other influential Tigers players Anthony Gardner and Kamil Zayatte on the sidelines but Dowie remains hopeful that he has enough quality left in his squad to avoid the drop.
"Hunt, Gardner and Zayatte have been great players for the team," said Dowie.
"But we have to get on with things and we need some big players to step up to the plate against Birmingham on Saturday."
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