Despite the hamstring injury sustained during training at Middlesbrough, which has ruined the early stages of his loan spell at the Riverside, and forced him to miss his country's World Cup qualifiers with Italy and Montenegro this week, Folan is likely to leave Hull for Boro in the New Year.
A £1 million deal was all but agreed between Gareth Southgate and Phil Brown when Folan dropped back to the Championship following Brown's decision to add Jozy Altidore, Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink and Kamel Ghilas to his squad.
On target: Caleb Folan scores for Hull against Watford in May last year
Two games on the bench hardly constituted the ideal start before his first serious injury but Southgate remains keen to keep Folan and he will have treatment with the Teesside club, who have pencilled in a return within six weeks.
Not that a fresh start with Hull looks on the cards now after a very public spat between the striker and Hull manager, who in fairness gave Folan ample opportunity to impress and add to his solitary Barclays Premier League goal at the start of the season.
Folan's argument is that Brown started it. 'Caleb didn't score in his four games this season and didn't really look like scoring,' the Hull boss said on his departure. But it was the following comments which upset the Leeds-born striker.
'You're always getting pictures of every individual when they come into work, not just a game situation.'
In fact Brown's comments caused such offence that the player and his agent traced the source of the original interview. Although satisfied certain parts may have been taken out of context, they felt the underlying feeling was Folan was not fully concentrated on his job. And that hurt.
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Folan has revealed his own personal torment at Brown's assessment of his two years at the KC Stadium and gave his own frank and damning observations of the Tigers' on-going troubles.
Folan said: 'A lot of the sentences didn't give a full outlook of what he was saying but even still, what he was saying was, a bit, you know, it was very him. To everyone else it was quite shocking and to me it was shocking as well.
'I've done nothing but perform to my best every time I've been there. Every day that I was there in training. I've probably been the best trainer, so for him to come out with comments like that, it was quite embarrassing really.
'It was difficult to hear, but I've got to know what he's like. That's his kind of way and if he wants to come out with stupid comments like that then just let him be. I think, most importantly for him, he needs to concentrate on managing the team as a team.
'They're not doing very well at all and I think comments like that to the press aren't really on -- not for players who worked hard the time they were there, and people know that. I think it's just childish really.
'You get used to it. And if that's how he wants to come across then just let him be. That's laughable to me. I laughed when I first heard of it. My first reaction was to laugh because it was so pathetic.
'It's very strange because it's a good set-up there, but I just think they're not being managed in the right way.'
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