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Scan all-clear for Hull striker Vennegoor of Hesselink

Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink is stretchered off
Vennegor of Hesselink was treated for seven minutes on the pitch

Hull's Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink could return to training next week after the all-clear over a head injury.

The 31-year-old was knocked unconscious for five minutes after a clash of heads with Richard Dunne during the Tigers' 2-0 loss to Aston Villa on Wednesday.

The Dutch striker underwent a CT scan at Hull Royal Infirmary but has been allowed to return home.

"We are pleased to report that the scan came back all clear," said a statement on Hull's official website.

"Vennegoor of Hesselink will now be monitored daily with the hope being that he will return to full training late next week."

With three games left Hull are in the Premier League relegation zone, three points off safety.

The incident happened shortly after half-time when Dunne and Vennegoor of Hesselink challenged for a corner.

Both players needed treatment but while the Villa defender was able to play on following stitches to a head wound, Vennegoor of Hesselink was attended to for seven minutes before being stretchered off.

Hull were already 1-0 down by that stage and a James Milner penalty wrapped up victory for Villa, leaving the hosts to rue their missed chances.

Boss Iain Dowie says their failure to find the net is the biggest reason for their struggles this season.

The Tigers have scored only once in their last four Premier League games and only 32 all season; only Wolves, with 28 goals, and Portsmouth, with 29, have managed fewer.

Hull's next game is at home to Sunderland on Saturday and Dowie admitted that is now a "must-win" encounter.

"We're disappointed today but we've got nine points left to play for, and Saturday's a huge game for us," said Dowie. "We must get three points, end of story.

"We just need more goals. We haven't put enough goals on the board all year.

"For the middle 50 minutes against Villa, they couldn't get out of their half, but it's about taking your chances."

"We had one or two great chances but we haven't taken them and it's a classic theme here; we've dominated in every stat apart from the one that matters."

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