Leonardo Da Silva Lopes was forced to miss Hull City’s 4-0 victory over Preston North End at the KCOM Stadium due to illness.

Lopes was left out of the 18-man squad that were comfortable winners at the KCOM Stadium last night, having started in each of the Tigers’ last five Championship matches.

Grant McCann confirmed that Lopes’ exclusion was due to a sickness bug currently going around City’s Cottingham training ground that has also seen members of staff away from training this week.

Defender Reece Burke was also subject to the virus, but was fit enough to play the duration of last night’s win.

“He was ill and so was Reece Burke before the game,” explained McCann.

“We had a little bit of a bug going around the training ground. We have had a couple of members of staff off as well.

“Leo didn’t make it, didn’t train yesterday. Reece trained but then felt ill overnight but managed to come through the game. Leo will be in tomorrow (Thursday) training.”

Reece Burke of Hull City applauds supporters after defeat to West Bromwich Albion

Hungarian forward Norbert Balogh has missed the last month of action with a calf injury he sustained against Nottingham Forest on his debut.

McCann provided a positive update on Balogh and is hopeful he is near a return to Championship action.

Hull City midfielder Leonardo Da Silva Lopes ahead of Derby County clash

“Norbert is back on the grass, which is good,” McCann added.

“(He is) back running with the fitness coaches and hopefully, we can get him back soon as well.”

Norbert Balogh of Hull City warms up before match against Nottingham Forest
Hull City players celebrate the team's win over Bristol City in the Championship play-off at Wembley

15 years ago the Hull Daily Mail conducted a poll of Hull City fans to find the greatest-ever side.

The poll took place to mark the 100th birthday of the Tigers.

You can see the results of that poll by clicking here.

In the years that have followed City have been to an FA Cup final, played in Europe and won promotion to the Premier League three times, with a host of names etching their place into the club's folklore in the process.

What has been the impact of those players and where do they sit in the list of greatest players?

That's what we want to know. So we are launching a new poll to find the greatest Hull City players of all time.

Click the link here to vote: https://forms.gle/jc3jX94m5N7mu89z5

Or pick your first, second and third choice in order and name your greatest manager. Then send an email to [email protected]

Make sure your subject line is Greatest Hull City players. The results of the poll will be published later this year.

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