Blackburn Rovers v Hull City, Wed 10 Feb 2010

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Blackburn duo Lars Jacobsen and Vince Grella could return to the squad against Hull on Wednesday after overcoming thigh injuries.

Both players had a run-out for the reserves at Fleetwood on Monday night as did new signing Yildiray Basturk.

Chris Samba is sidelined through suspension while David Dunn remains absent with a calf problem.

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce believes Samba is being penalised by referees for being too tall.

The 6ft 5in defender will sit out the match against Hull and the following home game with Bolton after being sent off by Steve Bennett at Stoke following two yellow cards.

It is the second time Samba has been dismissed this season and Allardyce claims his player is not getting the rub of the green.

Allardyce said: "We will lose Chris for two vital games after an unjust decision. When you see some of the tackles that went unpunished last weekend, he was unfairly treated.

"Because there is no form of appeal, you are harshly punished again for something that should not have happened.

"I did a bit of research and it seems big boys get booked more than the smaller ones. That is going to go against Chris as he is 6f 5in and he can't hide anywhere."

Hull manager Phil Brown is hopeful Andy Dawson and George Boateng will be fit.

Both players picked up niggles in the impressive 2-1 victory over Manchester City on Saturday but Brown is hoping to name the same side.

Geovanni is still out after travelling to Portugal for treatment on a minor medial ligament problem while Jimmy Bullard has returned to training and could make his comeback against West Ham next weekend.

Brown has described Hull's Barclays Premier League meeting with Blackburn as their biggest match of the season.

The Tigers go into the Ewood Park encounter on the back of a draw with league leaders Chelsea and Saturday's 2-1 win over top-four hopefuls Manchester City.

The victory was their first since November and helped them climb out of the bottom three and up to 14th, only four points behind Blackburn.

There will be no surprises for Brown, with Rovers managed by his mentor Allardyce, and he knows City must maintain their form with Blackburn looking to bounce back from the weekend's 3-0 defeat by Stoke.

He said: "People have made reference to the three home games - Wolves, Chelsea and Man City - but this is the biggest game of the season by a long way.

"We're going to go into the lion's den with a wounded animal. A 3-0 defeat against Stoke will be hurting Sam and certainly hurting his players so they're going to be up for it."

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