Team news for Middlesbrough v Hull City at the Riverside
Hull City boss Steve Bruce has hinted at changes as he attempts to keep his side fresh at the Riverside tonight.
Nick Proschwitz, who scored his first goals in English football, is the main man in line for a recall.
The £2.6m signing has been all-but promised a start by Bruce after his weekend heroics and he will be partnered by Sone Aluko, Jay Simpson or Aaron Mclean.
Bruce may also make a change in defence with James Chester available.
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Paul McShane has been guaranteed a fourth consecutive start but veteran Abdoulaye Faye may be given a rest to pave the way for Chester’s return.
Alex Bruce, who has missed the last two games with a groin strain, is in the travelling squad.
He is expected to be the only addition, despite Joe Dudgeon training yesterday.
Dudgeon’s knee injury is still being assessed and he will miss out again, along with Robert Koren, who is targeting Saturday’s trip to Bristol City.
Just like the Tigers, Middlesbrough have made quick progress back up the Championship table with back-to-back victories straddling the international break.
After a gritty 2-1 win at Watford, Boro followed it up with another success on Saturday when holding off high-flying Brighton to earn a 1-0 triumph.
Although three consecutive wins began their home campaign, a defeat to Leicester and a 2-2 draw with Derby have stifled their progress at the Riverside ahead of tonight’s game.
Boro's season has been beset by injury problems and a host of first-team players will again be missing in tonight’s clash.
Rhys Williams (ankle), Julio Arca (toe), Curtis Main, Lucas Jutkiewicz and Mustapha Carayol (all knee) are long-term fixtures in the club’s treatment room, while Kevin Thomson is a doubt after suffering a calf injury ahead of Saturday’s win.
Hamstring injury victims Justin Hoyte and Merouane Zemmama were also absent from the excellent victory at the Amex Stadium.
Manager Tony Mowbray is likely to make changes to his side as he attempts to earn a first home win in three games.
Striker Ishmael Miller has been struggling with a back injury but a 20-minute run-out at the weekend could see him in line to return to the Middlesbrough attack. He is well-regarded by Mowbray and may get the nod ahead of Scott McDonald.
Young winger Adam Reach will also be in Mowbray’s thoughts as he looks to address a paucity of width in his ranks.
Stuart Parnaby, who had a spell on trial with City last season, should again be at right-back.