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Nikica Jelavic | Forward

Team: Hull City
Age / DOB:  (29) / 8/27/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 194

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Hull City have been rocked at the forward position yet again with the news that Nikica Jelavic will be out for six weeks after having surgery on his troublesome knee.
Jelavic has been in and out of the line-up with knee complaints for most of 2015 and he will now head to the sidelines in an effort to get the problem solved. Jelavic has been effective when he has played and his spells in the line-up have correlated to some of Hull City's better runs of form this season. In his absence, Abel Hernandez will likely return to the starting line-up to partner Dame N'Doye as they look to keep Steve Bruce's team out of the relegation zone. Mar 20 - 1:41 PM

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Nikica Jelavic had a frustrating afternoon for Hull City, missing two big chances to score in a match that would eventually end 0-0 against Leicester City.

The match began a back and forth affair and would continue that way until Leicester had an opportunity to boss things with a man advantage inside the final twenty minutes. Hull should have been ahead in the first twenty though, as Nikica Jelavic had the ball five feet in front of goal courtesy of a slick counter attack, but he whiffed at the ball and fell to ground. Then, around the hour mark, he had a good look with a header but the ball fizzed over the bar. Hull are six points clear of the drop at the moment - a decent position but they need a win or two down the stretch. Playing Chelsea next week, that plan may need to be put on hold.
Source: NBC Sports
Mar 14 - 1:10 PM

Nikica Jelavic who missed Hull City's Week 27 loss has a chance to feature in Week 28 with his manager saying that he's "hopeful".

Both Jelavic and Dame N'Doye were absent over the weekend and Steve Bruce will hope that he has at least one of the duo back. Sunderland's trip to the KC Stadium offers a good chance for three points but that chance will be diminished with no recognized forwards available along with the absence of Robbie Brady. If you have the option to wait until line-ups are released then one or both Hull City forwards could be options but if you don't then it's probably best to avoid both Jelavic and N'Doye.
Mar 3 - 10:38 AM

Nikica Jelavic has returned to fitness in February and goals have come with his renewed fitness.

Jelavic has been a nice redemption story for Steve Bruce when he has been healthy. Ditched by Everton for poor performance, the Croatian forward proved to be a bargain last January when Steve Bruce bought him. 2014-15 has been up and down for the forward punctuated by an early-January injury that cost him a month and a half of the season. Back from that injury he has picked up his scoring pace with goals in each of Hull City's past two matches. The only caveat to his production is that he is scoring goals but not adding much in the way of phantom points. If Buddy Ryan were his manager at Everton he might have been quoted as saying "All he does is score goals." as he sold him.
Feb 26 - 3:40 PM

Nikica Jelavic's knee issue just won't go away enough to allow the forward to start the Week 25 match with Aston Villa. The forward may get a place on the bench as he recovers.

The original prognosis in early January was that Jelavic would likely miss between four and six weeks with his knee injury. At the end of January, Steve Bruce indicated that Jelavic might return early for the Match 23 match-up with Newcastle. Apparently Bruce was overly optimistic in his assessment as Jelavic looks like he'll not start in the Premier League until after next weekend's FA Cup action. He could come in off the bench in Week 25 but that should be the limit of expectation for the Croatian forward.
Feb 10 - 10:16 AM

Nikica Jelavic was supposed to be close to playing last weekend but faces a late fitness test to be available for the trip to Manchester in Week 24.

Steve Bruce will be hoping he gets his most effective forward back for the trip to the Etihad as well as, and perhaps even more importantly, the upcoming mid-week visit of fellow relegation struggler Aston Villa. Jelavic has hardly conjured up images of Alan Shearer in his prime but with Bruce's team struggling for points and goals anything resembling a competent forward will be a welcome change. The only thing that will prevent Jelavic from moving straight back into the starting line-up could be the arrival of January signing Dame N'Doye who may be available for Tuesday as well.
Feb 6 - 11:55 AM

Hull City have completed the signing of Senegal international striker Dame N'Doye from Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow for an undisclosed fee.

The 29-year-old, who scored 27 goals in 66 games for Lokomotiv, has agreed a two-and-a-half year deal, with the option of a further year. N'Doye recently played for Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations. The Tigers are the joint second lowest scorers in the Premier League this season with 20 goals from 23 games. Hull vice-chairman Ehab Allam said: "It's taken us three weeks and we almost missed the deadline so it's been fantastic news to get it over the line.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 3 - 1:13 AM

Steve Bruce's striker crisis could be easing a little earlier than expected with the news that both Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez could return earlier than expected this week.

Both Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez were ruled out for 4 to 6 weeks in early January but today comes news that both are close to being fit enough and could participate in Hull City's Week 23 match against Newcastle at the KC Stadium. Hull City have been in rotten form but the visit of struggling Newcastle represents an opportunity to climb out of the relegation zone. Bruce will probably push as hard as he can to get both forwards cleared for action.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 29 - 3:52 PM

Hull City lost the services Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez in the first half due to injury.

Both strikers were forced off before the 40-minute mark. Jelavic was pulled in the 33rd minute and Hernandez came off six minutes later. Robbie Brady and Tom Ince came on as replacements, but the visitors were left without a recognized striker on the pitch. Hull managed just two shots on goal the entire match. Things won't get any easier for the Tigers next Sunday when they travel on the road to face West Ham, a team that is currently ranked seventh in the latest PL standings.
Source: ESPN FC
Jan 10 - 1:29 PM

Hull City deservedly won at home to a weak Everton side by a score of 2-0.

Nikica Jelavic and Ahmed Elmohamady each scored a goal to give Hull City a 2-0 lead that they held for the entire match. Antolin Alcaraz was sent off for a second yellow near the end of the match, making Everton's defensive struggles even more worrisome. With Tim Howard out, Everton makes for a great matchup for opposing forwards.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 1 - 12:46 PM

Nikica Jelavic trained fully over the international break and is set to make his return from a knee injury.

Hull City are quietly dropping down the table and need the sort of boost that getting three starters back can provide for their Week 12 match with Spurs. Nikica Jelavic joins other returnees Michael Dawson and Allan McGregor in returning for the match at the KC Stadium. Despite Spurs poor showings of late, Hull City will be hard pressed to pick up points given their own rotten form.
Fri, Nov 21, 2014 11:44:00 AM

Nikica Jelavic was expected to start at the Emirates last weekend but was a late scratch with a knee issue that could see him out for as long as six weeks.

The Croatian forward has been in great form for Steve Bruce so far this season but Hull City will have to get by without him as he will be on the shelf for approximately six weeks with a knee complaint. Abel Hernandez will likely continue to start with Bruce likely to see which of Hatem Ben Arfa and Gaston Ramirez is better suited to play regularly in Jelavic's stead.
Fri, Oct 24, 2014 01:07:00 PM

Nikica Jelavic is in fantastic scoring form for Hull City this season with Week 7 seeing him score his fourth goal in seven league matches.

The Croatian hit man has played all but 10 minutes of the Premier League season for Steve Bruce and it is easy to see why. Despite the volume of new attacking arrivals at the KC Stadium, Jelavic has kept his place by scoring goals and doing so fairly efficiently. You'd like to see more than 6 of his 17 shots hit the target but his ability to turn six shots on target into four goals helps make up for the inaccuracy. In formats that prioritize goals over other contributions, Jelavic has been one of the better forwards in the league. In formats that put a greater value on secondary actions (SOTs, corners won, successful crosses, etc.) Jelavic is an OK option but he becomes a poor play when he doesn't score.
Wed, Oct 8, 2014 03:13:00 PM

With three goals in five matches so far this season, Nikica Jelavic is repaying Steve Bruce's faith in the former Everton man.

Steve Bruce was widely panned for his purchases of Shane Long and Jelavic last January but after Long yielded a massive short term profit, Jelavic has provided the goals that the manager hoped he was getting for his money. With three goals in five Premier League matches this season Jelavic more closely resembles the player who won PL Player of the Month in April of 2012 while playing for Everton. The 2012-13 season brought a deep slump but he seems to have come out the other side and should be considered a solid starter in unique ownership leagues and leagues with restrictive salary caps.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 04:08:00 PM

Nikica Jelavic was wonderful in Hull City's 2-2 draw at Newcastle.

Jelavic scored a fantastic scissor-kick goal to open up the scoring and was instrumental in winning a point. New signing Mohamed Diame then scored from outside the box to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead. It was Newcastle's Papiss Cisse who ruined the party with two late goals but Hull have no excuse to give up a 2-0 lead. Hull City have been quite mediocre this season and this result confirms that. They sit in 9th place with six points and will likely hover around that position for the rest of the season.
Source: Sky Sports
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 12:35:00 PM