TEAM NEWS – Newcastle United
Steven Taylor has been ruled out after suffering a training ground injury.
Jonas Gutierrez is still working his way back to full fitness and Shola Ameobi is doubtful but other than that Newcastle have a full squad to choose from.
TEAM NEWS – Hull City
Hull manager Steve Bruce will be forced to test the strength of his squad after losing a handful of players for the trip.
Captain Robert Koren has the most serious problem, with a fractured bone in his right foot keeping him out of action for anything up to two months.
Bruce is reasonably well served in midfield, with Stephen Quinn, George Boyd and David Meyler all ready to step up from bench duty, but there are more problems further back.
Left-back Maynor Figueroa, ever present thus far, is suffering from a groin complaint but has also been granted compassionate leave to attend to a family problem in Honduras, while his likely deputy Paul McShane is out with a hamstring injury.
Bruce also has a slight doubt over Robbie Brady, though the Republic of Ireland international is confident of playing through the pain of a strained stomach muscle.