Jake Livermore: Hull City midfielder 'mentally ready' to return

Jake Livermore
Hull City paid Tottenham £8m to sign Jake Livermore in June 2014 after a successful loan spell in 2013-14

Hull City manager Steve Bruce believes Jake Livermore is "mentally ready" to return to football after he avoided a Football Association ban for testing positive for cocaine.

Livermore, 25, failed a drugs test after his newborn son Jake Junior died.

The FA ruled the midfielder should not be banned because of "the specific and unique nature of the circumstances".

Hull host Premier League side Swansea City in the third round of the League Cup on Tuesday.

"Jake has come in and wants to get back playing again," Bruce told BBC Radio Humberside.

"I will speak to my medical team and my staff as he has only trained for six days. Whether I put Jake in on Tuesday, I'll make up my mind in the next 24 hours.

"A footballer wants to play. No-one wants to sit in the stands."

Jake Livermore
Jake Livermore played for England in a friendly against Italy in August 2012

England international Livermore, whose son died on 19 May, 2014, was required to give a urine sample after the Premier League match against Crystal Palace on 25 April this year.

He was notified of the failed test on 13 May and has not played for Hull since. He could have received a two-year ban.

However, an FA statementexternal-link said the death of Jake Junior had a "devastating effect" on Livermore, his partner and their families and that the player's "cognitive functions and judgement were severely impaired" on the occasion he took cocaine.

Earlier this month, Bruce said he felt he had let down Livermore and that the club would do everything it could to ensure the player received the help he needed.

Hull are third in the Championship following their relegation from the Premier League last season.