Premier League - Brady set for Everton return

Hull manager Steve Bruce is expecting top-scorer Robbie Brady to make a quicker-than-expected return to action.

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Premier League - Brady set for Everton return
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Robbie Brady scores the winning penalty for Hull against West Ham

Brady was playing through the pain barrier in the early part of the season, scoring four times in the process, but could no longer go on and was sent for a hernia operation after netting the winner against West Ham on September 28.

At the time there were fears he could be out for over a month but he is back in full training already and pushing for clash with Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.

"Robbie has trained this week which just goes to show what the medical people can do. It's just over two weeks since the operation," said Bruce.

"We'll see for a reaction but as long as there isn't one he'll come straight back in the squad. It's quite remarkable what they can do to fix what is labelled as a hernia.

"To be playing in two and a half weeks shows what they can do.

"He's pain free and running around like a two-year-old so let's hope he stays like that."

Brady's team-mate Stephen Quinn might be forgiven for taking news of the return to fitness with mixed feelings given he was the man to step up from the bench and replace him against Aston Villa.

But he considers Brady - who is also a colleague with the Republic of Ireland - a close friend and insists any battle for the shirt is both friendly and productive for the side.

"It's great for the team to have this competition," said Quinn.

"Robbie coming back is great news for the team. I'm delighted for him because Robbie is such a good player and he got off to a great start in the Premier League.

"It's always been that way, even last season. I pulled my hamstring and found it hard to get back because competition was really high. Now we have top players like (Tom) Huddlestone and (Jake) Livermore and that's healthy too.

"There's a buzz around the place and there's a really good camaraderie."

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