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Hull City await next move on Liverpool youngster Ayala

Daniel Ayala
Daniel Ayala scored his only goal for Hull City against Derby in September

Hull City are still to find out whether Liverpool's young Spanish defender Daniel Ayala will be allowed to return on loan to the KC Stadium this season.

Ayala, 20, went back to Anfield with a hamstring injury in December, amidst claims by then Reds boss Roy Hodgson that Hull had mismanaged the problem.

But Tigers boss Nigel Pearson told BBC Radio Humberside: "I'm not going to get involved in that conversation now.

"He's a player we enjoyed having here, but we'll have to wait and see."

Ayala signed for Liverpool in 2008, but found first team opportunities limited under both Hodgson and previous manager Rafa Benitez, making just two league starts.

He joined Hull in September 2010, making a total of 12 appearances, during which time the Tigers shipped just 13 goals, one of the tightest defensive records in the Championship.

Ayala is not expected to be fit now until mid-February after picking up his hamstring problem in November.

Hull currently have another young defender from a north west Premier League side there on loan, Manchester United reserve stopper James Chester.

They also signed another United this week, Northern Ireland midfielder Corry Evans, younger brother of Jonny, on an initial six-month loan deal.

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