Team news for Bristol City v Hull City at Ashton Gate
Hull City welcome back Robert Koren and Abdoulaye Faye to their travelling squad for the long journey to Bristol City.
Koren, who has missed the last three games, and Faye, absent from the midweek loss at Middlesbrough, will be in contention after overcoming their calf strains.
The availability of two seasoned campaigners will be a welcome boost as Bruce looks to end City’s 47-year wait for a win at the Robins.
A 2-0 loss at Middlesbrough on Tuesday saw Bruce accept his team selection was flawed and he appears likely to restore Sone Aluko and Jay Simpson to his attack, replacing Aaron Mclean and Nick Proschwitz.
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Bruce may also look to spice up midfield. The City boss said his central pairing of Seyi Olofinjana and Paul McKenna had struggled with three games in a week. Stephen Quinn, Corry Evans and Koren will be in his thoughts.
Long-term absentees Jack Hobbs, Tom Cairney, Joe Dudgeon (all knee) and Matty Fryatt (Achilles) remain some distance away from being back in the fold.
A drab run of six games without a win have sent Bristol City’s season tumbling off the rails and they welcome the Tigers tonight desperate to end a run of three consecutive losses against Leicester, Bolton and Burnley.
Bristol have now leaked an alarming 21 goals in their eight league games, and their hopes of halting the slide have been hit by an injury to Liam Fontaine.
The defender limped out of the 4-3 loss to Burnley on Tuesday night and manager Derek McInnes has confirmed Fontaine will be absent for several weeks with a calf strain.
A re-jigged back four should see Louis Carey return to the side in the hunt for a first clean-sheet of the season.
Neil Kilkenny (hamstring) and Greg Cunningham (ankle) will also miss out, but the Robins hope to be buoyed by the returns of Stephen Pearson and Marvin Elliott.
Pearson had been due to play in midweek only to be struck down by illness in the build-up.
However, the Scotland midfielder trained yesterday and was expected to be in the reckoning for the Tigers’ visit.
A question mark still surrounds the availability of Marvin Elliott after a hernia operation.
Although he may stand a chance of being on the bench, McInnes has stressed his unwillingness to rush the midfielder.
• Likely Tigers line-up: Amos; Dawson, Rosenior, Chester, McShane; Olofinjana, Quinn, Elmohamady, Koren; Aluko, Simpson.