Ireland international Robbie Brady is targeting a return to action before the end of the season with Hull’s FA Cup final with Arsenal a motivating factor.
The former Manchester United player has been out of action with groin and hernia problems for the past few months and it was initially thought that he would miss the rest of the campaign.
However, Brady’s recovery is slightly ahead of schedule and after Hull’s win over Sheffield United he has an extra incentive to get involved with a 17 May date at Wembley on his mind.
“I’ll look towards getting in the squad against Everton in the last game of the season, and then hopefully a cup final,” Brady told RTÉ Sport’s Soccer Republic.
Brady has some familiar faces at the Tigers in the shape of fellow internationals Stephen Quinn, David Meyler, both of whom scored in the semi-final win over Sheffield United, Shane Long and Paul McShane.
"It’s good to have the home-grown boys with us" - Robbie Brady
“It’s good to have them around; it’s good to have the home-grown boys with us,” said the 22-year-old.
“We do have a laugh and it’s good knowing we're going away with the international team if a few of us are selected. We’re all good mates on and off the pitch.”
The St Kevin’s Boys graduate has six Ireland caps and scored on his debut against Oman in 2012.
He said that representing his country means everything to him.
“It’s brilliant, I love every minute of it, I love playing for my country. It’s great at every age but this has always been the main aim to get into the first team,” he said.
“It was great for my debut to get a goal, it was unbelievable. Looking back, I think I could have done things better in that game but first game and all the rest of it, it was great to get a goal and make a name for myself in the green jersey.”
Meanwhile, Everton boss Roberto Martinez is hopeful that midfielder Darron Gibson (knee) will be available before the end of the season.
The 26-year-old has been out since suffering injury while on Ireland duty against Kazakhstan last October.