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Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson blasts Hull City over Ayala

Daniel Ayala
Ayala played 12 times for the Tigers between September and November

Hull City have been criticised by Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson over their handling of defender Daniel Ayala's loan spell at the KC Stadium.

Ayala, 20, has returned to Liverpool after picking up a hamstring injury that will sideline him until January.

"I was disappointed to read that he's returned to his parent club through injury," Hodgson told Liverpool's official club website.

"He has returned because we're not prepared to loan him to Hull any more."

The Reds boss continued: "We wanted to bring him back for the last three weeks of 2010 to get him fit, because he wasn't fit there, and to cover Jamie Carragher."

His injury has been exacerbated by going back to Hull City

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson

"Hull totally refused and said, 'No, under the loan agreement he's here until 1 January and we're not prepared to allow him to go back'."

Prior to Ayala's absence, the Spaniard was a key figure in a back line boasting one of the best defensive records in the Championship.

However, Hodgson feels the injury was mismanaged by the Tigers.

"With the treatment he has been given there his injury has now been aggravated," he added.

"Our fitness people were under the impression when he was here that they'd have him fit for about the 15th or 16th of December.

"Now he won't be fit until the end of January because his injury has been exacerbated by going back to Hull City."

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