Hull City v Newcastle: Match preview

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It seems as though at the start of every Hull City match preview that I write, I flood the piece with sympathy for Steve Bruce due to the sheer amount of injuries that his players are currently nursing.

But with four key assets on their way back, I don't need to show as many condolences towards the Tigers boss.

Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez, who both limped off in the first half of the West Brom defeat earlier this month, are expected to be thrown straight back into the fold as the urgency for goals increases, with just two in the entirety of January across all competitions.

Robertson and Ramirez to return

Meanwhile, Andy Robertson and Gaston Ramirez who fell into the entangling injury wrath on New Years Day are more likely to be eased back into contention as their presences are vital.

Mo Diame, who has so unfortunately missed two months of football has returned to full training and could possibly force his way back onto the bench but the game comes too soon for Alex Bruce with a thigh injury whilst James Chester is looking at a much lengthier period on the sidelines with a dislocated shoulder and a broken collarbone.

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Senegal were knocked out of the African Cup of Nations during the week which brings both good and bad news for Hull. The less unfortunate news is that Papiss Cisse could be back for the dinner time fixture on Saturday at a strong push but their number one transfer target, Dame N'Doye, from Lokomotiv Moscow can be signed before the window slams shut on Monday night.

Siem De Jong and Gabriel Obertan featured for the first time since returning from injury in a reserves fixture against Carlisle in midweek and could make unexpected appearances alongside Mehdi Abeid and Davide Santon.

Must-win for Newcastle

John Carver has been appointed as manager of Newcastle United until the end of the season yet he is still waiting for his first victory in charge following the departure of Alan Pardew, so the Geordie will be targeting the game as a must win situation.

Likewise, so will Steve Bruce. His side have won just four games throughout the season and sit uncomfortably in the relegation zone so the stakes are at an all-time high for this mouth watering lunchtime kick off although there should be no headbutts involved in this tie.

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Nikica Jelavic
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