Hull City v Barnsley: Team news for FA Cup fourth round clash at KC Stadium
Eldin Jakupovic returns to the Hull City goal this afternoon as Steve Bruce must do without cup-tied pair David Stockdale and Mark Oxley for the visit of Barnsley.
Jakupovic featured in both FA Cup ties against Leyton Orient and he will again be trusted with booking City a place in the fifth round, with rookie Joe Cracknell as his understudy.
Bruce will be able to call upon Robbie Brady and David Meyler after the pair were ineligible for the Leyton Orient replay, having signed after the initial third round fixture.
Nick Proschwitz, who scored in both games against Orient, is almost certain to partner Jay Simpson in attack, while midfielders Corry Evans and Tom Cairney will be pushing for starts after coming off the bench at Peterborough last weekend.
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City’s central defensive options remain very strong. Abdoulaye Faye and Jack Hobbs, who were both dropped at London Road, appear most likely to come back in, joining one of James Chester, Alex Bruce or Paul McShane.
Matty Fryatt and Joe Dudgeon, both ruled out for the remainder of the season, will visit specialists in London next week to check progress on their long-term injuries.
Barnsley's hopes of progressing into the FA Cup fifth round haven been dealt a blow with the news influential midfielder Stephen Dawson will be out until March with ankle ligament damage.
Dawson was forced off after just 12 minutes of last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Ipswich and will leave a significant hole in Barnsley’s engine room.
Either fit-again Jim O’Brien or, more likely, Bobby Hassell will come in to replace Dawson in David Flitcroft’s improving side.
Jim McNulty (knee) and Paul Digby (thigh) remain out so the Tykes are expected to go for a similar side that fully deserved at least a point in an encouraging effort at Portman Road.
That means there will be no place for former City defender Scott Wiseman.
Continued uncertainty over his future, with Blackpool and Blackburn both linked this month, has been met by ill-feeling on the terraces and the ex-Tiger has not played since December 29.
A place on the bench appears his best hope.
Flitcroft has favoured a 3-5-2 shape like the Tigers, with goal hopes resting on a front two of Marlon Harewood and Chris Dagnall.