Hull City v Millwall: team news
Steve Bruce is expected to name an unchanged starting XI as Hull City return to action hunting a third consecutive home win.
A new-look side, including six of Bruce’s signings, were impressive in the 3-1 win over Bolton last time out and will have a chance to shine again.
The only fresh face in the City squad will be goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic.
The one-time Swiss international has recovered from the hamstring injury that has blighted his first two months with the Tigers, but will have to settle for a place on the bench as understudy to Ben Amos.
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City’s medical team continue to have concerns over the fitness of striker Matty Fryatt. The 26-year-old received a third injection on his Achilles injury this week and surgery cannot yet be ruled out.
Midfielder Paul McKenna serves the second game of a three-match ban today following his red card at Doncaster, while Tom Cairney is also ruled out with an injury picked up in the same game.
Millwall’s season began with an uninspiring first week when a League Cup exit to Crawley Town was followed up by a 2-0 loss at home to Blackpool.
The response has been very encouraging, however, and with six points from their last three games, things are looking up.
A 2-1 win at Peterborough and a 3-1 victory over Middlesbrough sandwiches an agonising 3-2 loss at Sheffield Wednesday. The Owls’ 90th minute winner robbed Millwall of a hard-fought away point.
Captain Paul Robinson is in line to hand the Lions a boost by making his first start of the season.
The centre-half underwent double hernia surgery in July but has recovered in time to shore up Millwall’s defence at the KC Stadium.
Rookie Karleigh Osborne looks the most likely to make way for Robinson’s return as the Lions go in search of back-to-back wins.
It looks set to be the only change made by Kenny Jackett from the side that triumphed 3-1 over Middlesbrough two weeks ago.
Midfielder Liam Feeney will miss today’s game after suffering ankle ligament damage, along with defender Jack Smith who is nursing a hamstring strain, whilst Tam Mkandawire is continuing his long rehabilitation from two knee operations.
The Lions, who have scored seven goals in their last three league games, will have a lively attack spearheaded by the physical pairing of Andy Keogh and Darius Henderson.