Hull City v Huddersfield: Team news (kick-off 12.30pm)
Hull City boss Steve Bruce is set to be forced into one change for the visit of Huddersfield as Paul McShane struggles to overcome his leg injury.
McShane was forced off midway through the first half of last weekend’s 2-1 win at Watford and although x-rays revealed no fracture, he has been treated with kid gloves by City’s medical team.
Any doubt over McShane will see Bruce turn towards Jack Hobbs, who proved a more than adequate replacement during his first run-out for eight months.
Hobbs showed few signs of his lay-off during over an hour of football at Watford and should be favoured ahead of Abdoulaye Faye if McShane fails to prove his fitness.
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The major decision appears to focus on the attacking figurehead but Jay Simpson is expected to be favoured ahead of Aaron Mclean.
Although he will not feature today, City have reported positive progress made by top goalscorer Sone Aluko.
The newly-crowned Championship Player of the Month for November received injections on his Achilles injury and is hopeful of returning in time to face Leicester.
Jermaine Beckford’s hamstring injury has persistently been troubling Huddersfield boss Simon Grayson and the striker is again a doubt for today.
The former Leeds man, on loan from Leicester, has missed the last five games and the Terriers have failed to record a win during his absence.
Huddersfield can call on James Vaughan after returning from a thigh injury for the first time in nine games, scoring a leveller against Bolton last weekend. The Terriers will also hope to see defender Joel Lynch back after he missed the draw with his own minor hamstring injury.
Lynch’s likely return could either come at centre-back, where he would replace Anthony Gerrard, or at left-back in place of Paul Dixon, who misses today after collecting five bookings.
Grayson will also have the option of playing Calum Woods at left-back.
Dixon’s absence is off-set by Keith Southern having completed a three-game ban following his red card at Charlton.
Chris Atkinson appears the most likely to make way.