Hull City v Crystal Palace: Team news
Hull City boss Steve Bruce will be blessed with a near fully-fit squad as he looks to get back to winning ways against promotion rivals Crystal Palace tonight.
Liam Rosenior (groin) and Alex Bruce (knee) were injury doubts following the weekend defeat to Burnley, but both came through training yesterday unscathed.
Paul McShane, who has missed the last two games with a calf strain, should also be fit if required.
Bruce has made it clear he will not be forced into knee-jerk changes following Saturday’s loss to the Clarets, meaning the majority of that starting XI will be retained tonight.
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Should Bruce look to shake up his midfield, however, Seyi Olofinjana looks the most vulnerable after a lacklustre performance.
The Nigerian was taken off at half-time after failing to impress and Corry Evans and David Meyler will be in Bruce’s thoughts.
City will soon be able to welcome back Jack Hobbs and Tom Cairney into the first-team fold.
The pair have missed the majority of this season with knee injuries but will take their final steps back towards full fitness when playing for the Tigers’ reserves against Mansfield at North Ferriby tomorrow night.
Crystal Palace’s attacking options have been dealt a significant blow ahead of the trip to East Yorkshire, with top goalscorer Glenn Murray ruled out through suspension.
Murray, who has bagged 16 goals this season, collected his fifth yellow card of the season at Leeds on Saturday and will serve his one-match ban tonight.
The guaranteed change should see former Hull City striker Aaron Wilbraham enjoy a recall to the starting XI, seven years after leaving the KC Stadium.
Wilbraham will be the likely focal point of a 4-2-3-1 shape favoured by Palace boss Ian Holloway with wide support coming from England’s hottest youth product Wilfried Zaha and ex-Bristol City winger Yannick Bolasie.
Holloway will weigh up playing either Owen Garvan or Andre Moritz in behind Wilbraham.
Damien Delaney, who won promotions with the Tigers in 2004 and 2005, can expect a warm reception back at the KC Stadium tonight as the linchpin of the Palace defence.
Holloway is still without captain Paddy McCarthy (groin) and may be tempted to tweak his plans ahead of facing Brighton at Selhurst Park this weekend – the single-most important game on the Eagles’ calendar.