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Hull City Vs Leeds United, Tue 1 Feb 2011

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Hull manager Nigel Pearson is expected to select his side from an unchanged squad for the home clash with Leeds.

Striker Aaron Mclean was replaced by Nick Barmby in the second half of the goalless draw with QPR as a precaution after taking a knock, but is unlikely to miss out, while latest signing Tijani Belaid is hoping to make his first appearance as he was an unused substitute on Saturday.

Ian Ashbee has left the club to join Preston but veteran Nolberto Solano could return following a thigh problem, while striker Caleb Folan (knee), goalkeeper Vito Mannone (groin) and winger Richard Garcia (knee) remain sidelined.

Hull have lost only one of their last 13 league matches and could climb to within four points of the play-offs with victory.

Leeds could hand a late fitness test to central defender Andy O'Brien.

O'Brien missed the 2-2 draw at Portsmouth after sustaining a hamstring injury in the FA Cup defeat to Arsenal and remains doubtful.

Leigh Bromby is expected to deputise alongside Alex Bruce if O'Brien fails to make it.

Striker Sanchez Watt is also doubtful, struggling with hamstring and back problems since being replaced by Davide Somma at Portsmouth.

Midfielder Neil Kilkenny is scheduled to return from Asian Cup duty with Australia on Monday afternoon but is unlikely to be rushed back into the squad. He made four appearances during the tournament for the Socceroos, who lost out to Japan 1-0 after extra-time in the final.

Manager Simon Grayson has no other new injury or suspension worries.

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