Leyton Orient v Hull City team news - FA Cup third round replay
Hull City boss Steve Bruce will be without a handful of first-team regulars for tonight’s trip to east London, meaning he will again utilise his full squad in the FA Cup.
Sone Aluko (Achilles) and Robert Koren (heel) will not be risked as they carry minor injuries and were yesterday left at home.
Robbie Brady and David Meyler were also left behind ahead of Saturday’s trip to Peterborough. Their transfers last week were completed after the original third round tie to leave them ineligible for a replay.
Ahmed Elmohamady and Jack Hobbs, who have both overcome injury problems of late, are also unlikely to play any part.
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Wholesale changes are expected to be made from the weekend defeat to Sheffield Wednesday, leaving Nick Proschwitz, Jay Simpson, Tom Cairney, Paul McShane, Seyi Olofinjana, Alex Bruce, Paul McKenna and Cameron Stewart all hopeful of featuring at Brisbane Road.
Eldin Jakupovic, stretchered off on Saturday, is fit to retain the goalkeeper’s jersey and, with Mark Oxley cup-tied after featuring for Burton in the competition’s earlier rounds, youngster Joe Cracknell will again take his place on the bench.
Russell Slade admits his squad will be down to the bare bones as he plots the demise of Hull City.
Influential forward Kevin Lisbie, who started at the KC Stadium 10 days ago, has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury suffered in last week’s win over Yeovil in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
A replacement was quickly signed with a move for Charlie MacDonald from MK Dons but he is cup-tied having already played in the competition with his former club. That leaves David Mooney and Michael Symes as the only two senior forwards left standing in a depleted squad.
Orient’s fortunes have not been helped by a two-game ban for midfielder Anthony Griffiths.
He was dismissed in the win over Yeovil seven days ago and serves the second of a two-game ban tonight having previously been sent off at Crewe in September.
Slade will be hopeful of seeing two players return to the fold this evening to bolster a squad that could only name six subs at the weekend.
Midfielder Martin Rowlands and defender Ben Chorley both missed Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Crewe with minor knocks but could come back into the starting XI if fit.