If he wasn’t the type of player you could rely on consistently he’d never have lasted this long. Yes, the premium players in the Premier League have often magnified the harsh reality that he can not turn, spin and chase quick enough to keep up with them. We know this because he hasn’t been a certifiable starter for a long time. But let’s not pretend he hasn’t also given us plenty of solid performances.

Dawson made his debut for the England under-21 side against Italy on 11 February 2003.[31] He went on to earn 13 England under-21 international caps, captaining the team on several occasions. His last appearances for the under-21 team was in a 2–1 loss to France on 15 November 2005.[32]

Midway through the 2009–10 season, Dawson became the team captain of Tottenham Hotspur as Robbie Keane left for Celtic on loan in January. His form that season saw him included in England's preliminary 2010 FIFA World Cup squad. Although he initially failed to make the final 23-man squad, an injury to captain Rio Ferdinand saw him drafted in as replacement.

It’s a shame the potential shown in the early years when playing alongside King did not allow him to  mature to owning a place in the centre back pairing. With King he looked great. Without him he struggled. A case of not quite having the top tier skills and pace to be guaranteed a start.

When Forest suffered relegation to the third tier for only the second time in their history he and one of his Forest teammates, left-winger Andy Reid, signed for Tottenham Hotspur on 31 January 2005 from Forest in a deadline day deal for a fee thought to be worth a combined £8million.[8]

Nobody would have guessed he’d remain a long serving player when he arrived in N17 as part of the Andy Reid transfer. As a 21-year-old, there was little expectation as all eyes were on Reid. That particular gamble didn’t work out but Dawson went on to become part of the Lilywhite furniture at Spurs.

Dawson made his debut for Tottenham towards the end of the 2004–05 season in the 2–2 draw at Liverpool on 16 April 2005.[9]

Keeper Allan McGregor and centre-back Alex Bruce were already out until 2017 and now right-back Moses Odubajo has suffered a dislocated kneecap

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Dawson was capped twice for the England B team, his first cap came in their 2–1 loss to Belarus at Reading's Madejski Stadium on 25 May 2006.[33] His second cap came in their 3–1 win over Albania at Burnley's Turf Moor ground exactly a year later.[34]

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The 2015–16 season was a better one for Hull and Dawson which saw them finish 4th in the table and promoted back to the Premier League via the Playoffs. Dawson was their main choice for Captain and he scored in their home game against QPR during the campaign.[29]

Zola is the bookies favourite to replace Steve Bruce but Wales chief Coleman remains Hull's No.1 choice ahead of the new season

We’ve had more of our fair share of average, erratic, misfit footballers. Players that never looked content. I guess if you accept Dawson’s limitations you also have to accept that for the duration he spent at Spurs (almost a decade) he played like he was one of us.

Goalkeeper Allan McGregor is also sidelined until the New Year and he had a back operation on Tuesday.

Dawson suffered medial ligament damage in last night's friendly against Mansfield and has been ruled out for three months.

Yet some would prefer to quickly point out that he had the mobility of a wardrobe rather than thank him and wish him well.

The top flight new boys begin their Premier League campaign with a clash against champions Leicester on Saturday August 13.

The centre-half must wear a leg brace for six weeks and Bruce is gutted by this latest injury blow.

His son Alex is out for six months after having surgery to remove a bony prominence on his foot.

Centre-back Dawson, 32, was injured during the club's pre-season friendly victory over Mansfield on Tuesday.

At the beginning of the 2012-13 season Dawson could of signed for QPR as the two teams had agreed a £7.5 million deal but the move collapsed as Dawson had "an issue with personal terms".[22] Instead Dawson was appointed the club captain and signed a new deal with Tottenham Hotspur for the 2012–13 season.[23] He scored his first goal of the season in a 3–1 win over Reading at White Hart Lane on 1 January 2013.[24]

Michael Dawson has left the building. After nine and a half years and 324 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur, Daws has moved to Hull City.

On 3 September 2010, Dawson made his first competitive start for England in the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying game against Bulgaria. He sustained a knee injury and left the field on a stretcher after 56 minutes.[40]

Dawson, Michael - Hull (ENG)

Hull skipper Michael Dawson will miss the start of the season to add to Steve Bruce's injury woes.

At the start on the 2016–17 season Dawson picked up an injury in a pre-season friendly against Mansfield Town, this injury ruled him out for 3 months.[30]

Hull begin their Premier League campaign against champions Leicester on Saturday, 13 August (kick-off 12:45 BST).

Dawson has his limitations. I don’t think anyone would dispute that. He was made club captain after Ledley King’s retirement because of his passion and spirit. It was infectious and courageous. In a game that we often bemoan and malign for lacking loyal players, or rather players that play for the shirt with desire – he deserved it.

He made his full international debut in a friendly against Hungary on 11 August 2010, coming on as a half time substitute and was involved in a controversy over Hungary's goal.[38] After making a mistake in the build-up, he got back to clear the ball off the line – a goal was given, however replays suggested the ball had actually not crossed the line.[39]

Blood and thunder Dawson, be weary of the high line and the offside and the tricky forward, but keep on smiling. I’ll miss that smile.

Born in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, Dawson grew up in Leyburn and attended Wensleydale school.[1][2] He is the younger brother of fellow footballers Andy Dawson and Kevin Dawson.

Michael Richard Dawson (born 18 November 1983) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for Premier League club Hull City. He is the current captain for Hull and has also played for the England national team.

It means the Tigers have just 13 fit senior players less than a month before the new season starts.

This means that the Tigers have just 13 senior players fit with less than a month until the new season starts.

Dawson started his career playing for his local team, Northallerton Juniors, and also spent a year playing for Richmond before signing as a junior professional with Nottingham Forest at the age of 14.[2] He turned professional in November 2000 and made his first-team debut for Forest on 1 April 2002 against Walsall in a 3–2 home defeat.[3]

Still, he’s never complained and he’s always dug deep and you can see that by the response of his team mates and thankfully the vast majority of Spurs fans. He’s been a part of our journey from the dark old days of mid-table mediocrity to the rise to Champions League contenders.

On Monday, full-back Moses Odubajo was ruled out for up to six months with a knee ligament injury.

Earlier this month, goalkeeper Allan McGregor (back) and defender Alex Bruce (Achilles tendon) were ruled out for between four and six months.

Michael Dawson (left) is eager to kick start his career at Hull[GETTY]

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:07, 7 May 2016 (UTC).