Steve Bruce: Hull City signings 'essential' for club, says manager

West Brom 1-0 Hull: Steve Bruce frustrated at lack of strikers

Hull City manager Steve Bruce says new signings in January are "essential" for his club and that they "can't cope" with their current injury problems.

The Tigers' strikers Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez went off injured in the first half of their 1-0 Premier League defeat by West Brom on Saturday.

Bruce's side dropped down to 18th, one of the relegation places.

"For a club like us to have eight or nine missing is far too many, we simply can't cope," Bruce told BBC Sport.

"Our injury list seems endless and we're finding it a struggle. We're always trying to improve and we will try to get a couple in - it's essential that we do that."

Jelavic, the club's top scorer with six Premier League goals, suffered a knee injury before £10m club record signing Hernandez went off six minutes later, with Hull forced to use Robbie Brady and Tom Ince as emergency strikers for the rest of the match.

Hull are also currently without forward Sone Aluko, midfielders Robert Snodgrass, Gaston Ramirez and Mohamed Diame and defenders Andy Robertson and Liam Rosenior.

Earlier this month, Bruce said he would want to sign England striker Jermain Defoe, 32, from Major League Soccer side Toronto FC if "he becomes available".