Hull City Vs Blackburn Rovers, Sat 12 Dec 2009

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Hull have injury doubts over defenders Anthony Gardner and Andy Dawson for the Barclays Premier League clash against Blackburn.

Gardner (knee) and Dawson (thigh) have both missed training this week but manager Phil Brown believes they could be fit for the KC Stadium clash.

Midfielder Seyi Olofinjana is back in contention after missing four games with a hamstring injury. His return could help to offset the loss of star player Jimmy Bullard (knee), who faces six to eight weeks on the sidelines.

Full-back or winger Bernard Mendy has recovered from a leg problem and Brown may consider recalling fit-again goalkeeper Boaz Myhill.

Olofinjana's return, however, could be short-lived with Nigeria wanting the player to report early for international duty ahead of the African Nations Cup, which starts on January 10.

Hull at least want Olofinjana available to face Wigan in the FA Cup on January 2 but Nigeria have asked for him a week earlier.

Manager Phil Brown said: "The Nigerian Football Federation are asking for Seyi Olofinjana as early as December 27.

"We are currently trying to contact the administrators and negotiate to try to extend his stay beyond the Wigan game."

Out-of-favour striker Daniel Cousin (Gabon) and forward Kamel Ghilas (Algeria) are also likely to be involved in the tournament.

Sam Allardyce is unlikely to risk David Dunn as the midfielder continues his recovery from a calf problem.

Dunn sustained the injury two weeks ago against Stoke and missed the Carling Cup victory over Chelsea and the goalless draw with Liverpool, but it is hoped he will be fit again for the match at Birmingham on Tuesday.

Otherwise, Allardyce has a full squad to choose from for the trip to the KC Stadium.

Allardyce believes the time has come for Blackburn to start replicating their home form on the road.

Rovers have lost only once at Ewood Park all season, but have suffered six defeats out of seven away from home in the Barclays Premier League.

The team halted a run of 10 consecutive away defeats in the league stretching back to the previous campaign when they won 2-0 at Bolton in November, but then went down 3-0 at Fulham three days later.

Allardyce has called upon his players to put their travel sickness behind them, and said: "We've almost been guilty of being Jekyll and Hyde this year with the superb performances we've been giving at home and the under par performances away from home - in fact, grossly under par in terms of results.

"That is one thing that has to stop over the next few days because it's two back-to-back away games on Saturday and Tuesday night.

"They are two games that we must get results from and pick up points from. We can't continue to go on from where we left off at Fulham.

"We played well and took control of the game, but basically went under after we went 1-0 down. Then everything seemed to go astray and we lost comfortably in the end.

"After the Bolton performance, that shouldn't have happened but it did so my focus has been on putting that right and asking the players why we are not playing away from home like we are at home.

"We need to ensure we get to that level as soon as possible, starting at Hull."

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Jimmy Bullard
Daniel Cousin
Andy Dawson
Anthony Gardner
Blackburn Rovers
Premier League
David Dunn
Bernard Mendy
Hull City
Boaz Myhill

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