Hull City v Bolton: team news
Hull City boss Steve Bruce will have new signings Ahmed Elmohamady and Stephen Quinn at his disposal as he looks to sign off on a high before the international break.
The midfielders arrived from Sunderland and Sheffield United respectively this week and will be in contention for a debut after training with their new team-mates yesterday.
Bruce will also have Robert Koren and Liam Rosenior available after the pair missed Tuesday’s League Cup exit at Doncaster.
The trip to the Keepmoat came at a cost, though.
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Paul McKenna, who was given a straight red card, will serve the first of a three-game suspension, and Tom Cairney faces a three-month lay-off following a knee injury.
Bruce’s selection headache surrounds his attacking line.
Jay Simpson and Aaron Mclean made the most of their opportunities in midweek by scoring and pressure will be on Nick Proschwitz.
City are still without Matty Fryatt (Achilles) and Eldin Jakupovic (hamstring).
Bolton’s opening month has been almost identical to that of City.
As well as being knocked out of the Capital One Cup by League One opposition this week, the Trotters begin September with four points to their name from a win, a draw and a defeat. A return to the Championship did not begin well when beaten 2-0 at Burnley on the opening day but a 2-0 victory over Derby and an entertaining 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest has dragged Bolton back on track
Owen Coyle will revert to his strongest possible side today after the League Cup defeat at Crawley saw seven changes from the team that drew with Forest eight days ago.
The big decision for Coyle will be whether to hand new signing Jay Spearing an immediate debut.
The midfielder signed on a season-long loan from Liverpool yesterday and will be in the Bolton squad.
The only injury concerns troubling Wanderers are Josh Vela and David Ngog.
Vela lasted just seven minutes at Crawley when forced off with an ankle injury, while Ngog is lacking match fitness after making his return in the reserves this week.
The best both players can hope for appears to be a place on the bench.
A strong starting XI should see two ex Tigers returning to the KC Stadium.
Defender Sam Ricketts and midfielder Keith Andrews have both been mainstays so far this season.
UPDATE: this afternoon's teams ...
Amos, Elmohadamy, Dudgeon, Chester, Bruce, Faye, Olofinjana, Quinn, Koren, Aluko, Simpson.
Subs: Oxley, Rosenior, Dawson, McShane, Evans, Mclean, Proschwitz.
Bogdan, Mears, Ream, Eagles, Andrews, Knight, K Davies, M Davies, Ricketts, Spearing, Lee.
Subs: Lonergan, Alonso, Mills, Petrov, Afobe, Sordell, Pratley.