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Hernandez to start for Hull

Abel Hernandez:set to return Credit: PA

Record signing Abel Hernandez is set to return to Hull's starting line-up for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Chelsea after the Tigers lost Nikica Jelavic for six weeks.

The Croatian faces an extended spell on the sidelines after knee surgery and Bruce is also unlikely to be able to welcome back any of his other long-term injured stars.

Mohamed Diame, Liam Rosenior, James Chester and Robbie Brady are all unlikely to be risked on Sunday, while Tom Huddlestone is suspended after his sending-off against Leicester last week.

Provisional squad: McGregor, Harper, Davies, Dawson, McShane, Robertson, Bruce,Elmohamady, Livermore, Meyler, Quinn, Hernandez, Aluko, Ramirez, N'Doye.


South Yorkshire derby: fans urged to enjoy game 'safely'

Aessal New York stadium

South Yorkshire Police is urging football fans at tomorrow's match between Rotherham United and Sheffield Wednesday FC to enjoy the game safely.

A number of extra officers will be on duty for the match at the New York Stadium to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum for businesses, residents and shoppers.

The game is expected to attract a sell out crowd and there will be a visible policing presence around the ground and in the town centre.

We are planning for a safe, enjoyable event for everyone attending and we are expecting a great atmosphere. However, we will not tolerate any level of disorder or violence within South Yorkshire and we have sufficient resources in place to deal with those intent on causing trouble.

– Chief Inspector Richard Butterworth,

Eagles swoop up free-agent hooker

Sheffield Eagles have signed hooker Keal Carlile, who was released by Hull KR earlier this week.

Keal Carlile has signed for Sheffield Eagles Credit: Press Association

The former Bradford and Huddersfield player, who lost his place at the Robins to new arrival Shaun Lunt, has signed a contract with the Kingstone Press Championship club until the end of 2016.

Keal has has good pedigree. He is a player we had identified to us a couple of years ago, we did our homework on him but we thought we had missed the opportunity because he was in Super League.

We are delighted to bring him into the club until the end of 2016. He is a good kid, and is still only 25. He has his best years in front of him.

– Eagles coach Mark Aston

McDermott: We can cope without Sinfield

Leeds coach Brian McDermott is confident his side can overcome the loss of skipper Kevin Sinfield for Friday's Super League clash with Wigan at Headingley.

Kevin Sinfield is out with a hamstring problem Credit: Press Association

The former England skipper recently climbed up to fourth place in rugby league's all-time scoring list with 3,997 points and is second only to Paul Wellens (St Helens) with the most number of Super League appearances on 433.

Danny McGuire will skipper the Rhinos in Sinfield's absence and Liam Sutcliffe will take on the playmaking role as they look to bounce back from their first defeat of the season at Warrington last Friday.

Kev's got some hamstring/neurol issue so he's stood down for a week to let that recover.

He's a fantastic player for us and very influential so we will miss him but what we've got out there is good enough and Liam Sutcliffe certainly shows a lot of promise and has delivered in the past.

– Brian McDermott

McDermott will also give a second appearance to prop Andy Yates after ruling Kylie Leuluai out with bicep and rib injuries and will make a late decision on whether to recall full-back Zak Hardaker after he was left out a week ago.

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