Hull v Leicester preview

Date published: Friday 2nd December 2011 10:47

Hull will be without teenage winger Robbie Brady.

Brady, 19, on loan from Manchester United, was shown a straight red card for serious foul play during the midweek defeat at Southampton and starts a three-game ban.

But midfielder Paul McKenna returns to contention following his one-match suspension and caretaker boss Nick Barmby has no other new injury or suspension problems.

Striker Aaron Mclean returned to partner Matty Fryatt up front in midweek and the pair are expected to continue.

Winger Richard Garcia and midfielder Seyi Olofinjana both featured in a behind-closed-doors game this week as they near their respective first-team returns following long-term knee injuries, but are not yet ready, while on-loan striker Martyn Waghorn (hamstring) and winger Martin Pusic (hip) remain sidelined.

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson expects to have an unchanged squad for his first return to former club Hull.

Pearson is poised to go back to the KC stadium on Saturday just over a fortnight after opting to leave the Tigers and rejoin City for a second spell. He was in charge of the Yorkshire club for 17 months.

Pearson, who has taken seven points from his first three Championship matches, made one change against Blackpool in midweek as Sol Bamba replaced Sean St Ledger at centre-half.

Republic of Ireland international St Ledger, full-back John Pantsil, midfielders Neil Danns, Gelson Fernandes, Yuki Abe and Michael Johnson, and strikers Steve Howard and Jeffrey Schlupp are options for Pearson should he wish to make changes.

Striker Darius Vassell, who is out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury, and defender Aleksandar Tunchev (groin) remain the only players unavailable.

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Hull v Leicester preview

Date published: Friday 31st December 2010 10:45

Hull’s new signing Aaron Mclean will be included in Nigel Pearson’s squad for the first time after signing for an undisclosed seven-figure fee from Hull. Pearson will also be hoping goalkeeper Vito Mannone and defender Anthony Gerrard can shake off injury in time.

Mannone, on loan from Arsenal, was forced off late on in the 1-1 draw with Reading on Tuesday with a thigh injury while Gerrard, on loan from Cardiff, injured his Achilles during the warm-up and missed out.

Winger Richard Garcia has been ruled out for four weeks as he must have surgery on his injured knee. The Australia international also misses out for his country in this month’s Asian Cup.

Midfielder Jimmy Bullard, working his way back from knee ligament damage, is hoping to play a bigger role after stepping off the substitutes’ bench in the last two matches.

Chris Kirkland and Curtis Davies are major doubts for Leicester ahead of the game.

Goalkeeper Kirkland aggravated a long-standing back injury against Millwall on Tuesday while defender Davies is still struggling with the knee injury that forced him to miss the 2-0 defeat at The Den.

Kirkland’s stop-start loan spell is due to finish after the game at the KC Stadium and the Barwell-born stopper has already returned to Wigan for treatment.

Chris Weale replaced Kirkland at half-time against Millwall and he is poised to come back into the team.

Miguel Vitor has missed the last two matches with a groin strain and the defender remains a doubt.

The Foxes have won just one of their last five games, losing three of them.

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