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Jelavic in line for Tigers return

Nikica Jelavic should be back for Hull to face Sunderland after the Croatian striker missed the defeat at Stoke on Saturday with a flare-up of his nagging knee problem.

Nikica Jelavic is due to return against Sunderland Credit: Press Association

Robbie Brady will also be out after picking up a calf injury in training that is likely to keep him out for some time.

Long-term absentee Mohamed Diame (knee) remains missing from the Tigers squad along with James Chester (shoulder), Liam Rosenior (hamstring) and Robert Snodgrass (knee).

Adam Johnson will not be included in the Sunderland squad after being suspended by the club following his arrest on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16.

But defender Wes Brown will be available after his red card at Manchester United on Saturday was rescinded on appeal, and he could be joined in the squad by defender Billy Jones (ankle) and midfielders Jack Rodwell (groin) and Ricky Alvarez (knock) following their recoveries from injury.

However, winger Will Buckley (knee) remains a doubt, while fellow midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini (ankle) will miss the rest of the season.

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

Sunderland squad: Pantilimon, Mannone, Reveillere, Van Aanholt, Jones, O'Shea, Brown, Vergini, Coates, Cattermole, Bridcutt, Rodwell, Gomez, Larsson, Alvarez, Agnew, Honeyman, Fletcher, Defoe, Wickham, Graham.

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Tigers to be cheering on East Yorkshire neighbours

Hull City boss Steve Bruce has given East Yorkshire neighbours North Ferriby a good luck message ahead of their FA Trophy semi-final today.

The Villagers are level 2-2 with Bath and are just 90 minutes away from setting a date for the final in Wembley.

Bruce led his team to the FA Cup final last season and explained how much of a boost playing at the national ground could be:

Diame remains on sidelines with knee injury

Mohamed Diame is again absent for Hull as they take on Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.

The Senegal midfielder has been out with a knee problem since December Credit: Press Association

The Senegal midfielder has been out with a knee problem since December 3 and after another setback last week is still not back in training.

He joins fellow long-term absentees James Chester (shoulder), Liam Rosenior (hamstring) and Robert Snodgrass (knee) on the sidelines but there are no new injury concerns.

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Bruce hails Phelan impact

Hull manager Steve Bruce has hailed the impact of his new assistant Mike Phelan.

Since the former Manchester United number two arrived at the KC Stadium, the Tigers have not lost, holding champions Manchester City to a draw and beating Aston Villa 2-0.

Bruce is hoping that trend can continue this afternoon against West Brom.

Bruce: Back to back Hull wins would be huge

Hull City have a chance to pull away from the Premier League relegation zone, when they take on fellow strugglers QPR at the KC tomorrow.

After taking four points from their last two games against reigning champions Manchester City and Aston Villa, the Tigers are currently 16th in the table, one place and one point ahead of Rangers.

Manager Steve Bruce is hopeful they can now edge further away from the relegation zone:

Tigers midfielder suffers injury setback

Mohamed Diame's Hull comeback has been delayed at least a week after the midfielder suffered a training ground knock.

Mohamed Diame Credit: Press Association

The Senegal midfielder was an instant hit at the KC Stadium, scoring four times in his first five appearances for the Tigers earlier this season.<

But he has not featured since December 3 due to a knee injury and a planned first-team return against QPR on Saturday has now been shelved.<

He hurt the same knee at the start of the week and has been rested since to prevent further aggravation.

"He's had a slight setback, he had a knock to his knee on Monday and we've taken him off it all week," said manager Steve Bruce.

"He's had to have precautionary scans and X-rays to see how the injury was and thankfully everything's okay, but as you can imagine he didn't want a knock there.

"We don't think it's going to be too long, in fact we hope he can be joining in with training in the middle of next week.

"But it's set him back a week or 10 days so he won't be available on Saturday."

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