Garcia facing lengthy lay-off

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Hull City striker Richard Garcia faces a three-month lay-off after sustaining knee ligament damage, scans have confirmed. The Australia - who has netted six times in 61 league appearances for the club - suffered the injury during a training session prior to the Tigers’ pre-season tour of China, and remained in England for confirmation of the damage. And Hull boss Phil Brown has admitted he does not expect the 27-year-old to return until at least October, but remains confident that the front-man will come back fighting fit. "Unfortunately it's bad news and Richard could be out for up to three months," he said. "It was an innocuous training ground accident that sometimes happens in football. "As it stands, Richard will be looking at a fairly lengthy lay-off. But he's had long term injuries in the past and I know he's strong enough to come back." The Aussie’s injury is just the latest in a series of setbacks for City, with fellow front-man Craig Fagan ruled out for the remainder of pre-season and former Fulham midfielder Jimmy Bullard still in rehabilitation following knee surgery at the beginning of the year.