Hull City v Leyton Orient: Team news for FA Cup third round clash at KC Stadium
Hull City boss Steve Bruce will ring the changes as he looks to book a smooth passage into the FA Cup fourth round against Leyton Orient today.
At least five alterations will be guaranteed from the side that drew 0-0 at Blackpool on Tuesday.
Robert Koren, Sone Aluko, Ahmed Elmohamady and Abdoulaye Faye will all miss the cup tie with minor injuries, while loan star Robbie Brady has returned to Manchester United to await a decision over his future.
Jack Hobbs, who returned from an eight-month lay-off to start the last five games, is also expected to enjoy a rest.
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A deep pool of options will see several players given much-needed chances. Andy Dawson, Seyi Olofinjana, Paul McKenna, Tom Cairney, Paul McShane and Nick Proschwitz will all be hopeful of getting the nod.
There may also be a rare opportunity for forgotten man Cameron Stewart, who has returned from his ill-fated loan spell with Championship side Burnley this week.
With keeper Mark Oxley cup-tied because he played for Burton Albion in an earlier round, home-grown Joe Cracknell, a former Kelvin Hall pupil, could take his place amongst the substitutes.
Top goalscorer Kevin Lisbie is Orient’s biggest injury concern and will need a late fitness test ahead of today’s game.
Former Ipswich and Colchester striker Lisbie, who has bagged eight goals in his nine games, missed the trip to Yeovil with a shoulder injury.
Russell Slade will give his in-form forward every chance to prove himself but may have to go with Ryan Brunt alongside David Mooney.
The O’s also have problems at left-back with regular Gary Sawyer nursing a thigh injury. Leon McSweeney may again be the man to deputise.
Rookie Jamie Jones is expected to retain his place in the Orient goal.
Regular number one Ryan Allsopp has been relegated to the bench since last playing on December 15 as talks over a new deal continue to stall.
Slade will hope his men are able to brush aside an uncharacteristic performance in the defeat to Yeovil when they head to the KC Stadium this afternoon.
The loss at Huish Park ended a run of six consecutive away wins in all competitions.
Orient will be without two long-term absentees, defender Nathan Clarke (foot) and goalkeeper Lee Butcher (knee).