Garcia off injured after netting for Hull

by AAP on Apr 17, 2011

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Australian striker Richard Garcia opened the scoring for Hull City in their 3-1 victory over the Doncaster Rovers but was later stretchered from the ground.

His leg injury could see the 29-year-old miss the closing rounds of the English Championship League.

Saturday's result at KC Stadium keeps the Tigers play-off dreams alive with manager Nigel Pearson hopeful of wins in each of the final four games.

Pearson made changes ahead of the match, with Garcia taking over from James Harper in the midfield in a move that quickly paid dividends as the West Australian found the net in the ninth minute.

Doncaster answered a short time later but it was all City's game with Matty Fryatt scoring in each half and ensuring that for an eighth round, the Rovers would not taste victory.

After a poor cross in the 30th minute Garcia began limping and ten minutes later a stretcher was beckoned and the number seven was replaced by substitute Jamie Devitt.

The nature of Garcia's injury has not been revealed but the Australian representative has a history of knee problems which have seen him ruled out for several months in previous seasons.

City are due to face Middlesbrough next Saturday where Garcia would face fellow Australians Rhys Williams and Scott McDonald.

In Middlesbrough's clash with Barnsley on Saturday a late header from McDonald saved his side from what had seemed like certain loss.

Trailing from the 22-minute mark McDonald's saviour strike came in the 84th minute, rescuing one point for his middle-of-the-table side.

In the Premier League, Australian Tim Cahill's ongoing foot injury saw him miss another round as his Everton team-mates secured victory over Blackburn at Goodison Park.

The 31-year-old indicated this week he will take a break in the coming off-season instead of lining up for Australian duty in a series of friendlies.

"I've played seven years with no rest in the summer, probably more," Cahill told The World Game website on Friday.

"I wouldn't change it for the world. I've got a foot problem but I'm buzzing. I love football and I love playing for my country.

"But also I think common sense has to prevail. I missed the (Socceroos versus) Germany game and I'll probably miss the next couple of games because they're friendlies.

"At the moment my main focal point is the Premier League and obviously doing well for my club."