Robert Koren set to return for Hull City at Bristol City
ROBERT Koren is ready to hand Hull City a timely lift with his comeback from injury at Bristol City.
The playmaker returned to training yesterday after three weeks on the sidelines with a calf strain.
City's medical staff were due to assess Koren again after training today and, providing he feels no ill-effects, the 32-year-old will be included in the travelling squad.
"Robbie's pretty confident he'll come through and he should be available for selection," explained assistant boss Steve Agnew.
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"You miss any player of Robbie's ability, he's a good, good player.
"He handles the football very well and although he's got two goals for us this season, that could have been one or two more.
"He's a real goal threat but he also brings a real composure.
"Any player, like Robbie, who played the majority of last season and scored 10 goals is going to be a miss."
Koren was an ever-present in the Championship until injury ruled him out of City's games with Sheffield Wednesday, Ipswich and Middlesbrough.
His expected availability tomorrow evening would provide a dilemma for manager Steve Bruce, with a switch to 4-4-2 coming in the midfielder's absence.
Moving Stephen Quinn into a central role would free up a place on the left of midfield for Koren and also pep up the Tigers' engine-room.
City will also include veteran defender Abdoulaye Faye (calf) in their travelling party.
He missed his first league game of the season when ruled out of the Middlesbrough game with a calf strain and will come back into the reckoning to challenge James Chester and Paul McShane.
"Abdoulaye will be fine," added Agnew. "He had a tight calf that stopped him from training but we're hopeful he'll be fine."