Hull City v Blackpool: Team news
Paul McShane is in contention for his first Hull City start for nine months when Blackpool visit the KC Stadium tonight.
The loss of the ever-present James Chester, who will be out for at least two weeks with a hamstring injury, leaves a void to be filled on the right of City’s three-man defence.
Steve Bruce admitted he faces a straight choice between McShane and Liam Rosenior to deputise, but the City boss may be drawn towards McShane given his previous experience at centre-half.
At least one change will be made from the side that lost 3-1 against Peterborough with Chester ruled out, but it could be two alterations with Seyi Olofinjana again rated as a doubt.
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The Nigerian picked up a hip injury at the weekend and Corry Evans will again come back in if Olofinjana fails to make it.
Elsewhere, City continue to monitor the progress of Matty Fryatt, Tom Cairney and Jack Hobbs on the long journeys back to fitness.
Blackpool opened their season in style with three consecutive wins, earning manager Ian Holloway the August Manager of the Month prize, but fortunes dipped in September.
Just four points have come from five games and back-to-back defeats leave the Seasiders in need of a reaction when travelling to the KC. Only Bristol City, who have bagged 17 goals, have eclipsed Blackpool in front of goal but the last two outings have seen them concede six.
Second guessing Blackpool's line-up will be a thankless task after Holloway made eight changes in Saturday’s 3-0 loss at Cardiff.
Wholesale alterations backfired disastrously in South Wales as the Seasiders produced an uncharacteristically flat display and Holloway is expected to recall a cluster of stars, including Barry Ferguson, Tiago Gomes, Isaiah Osbourne and Nathan Delfouneso.
The influential Tom Ince has not travelled after picking up a hip injury, but Gary Taylor-Fletcher, last year's match-winner at the KC, is fit again after missing the trip to Cardiff.
Do not expect Holloway to match City's 3-5-2 shape at the KC, as he is loathe to veer from his 4-3-3 formation.
Defender Craig Cathcart (calf) also misses out.