Hull manager Steve Bruce will give late fitness tests to Sone Aluko and Robbie Brady prior to the visit of his former club Sunderland.
Aluko (calf) and Brady (hernia) are both struggling but Bruce will give them every chance of making the side as he is already without Allan McGregor (hip), James Chester (hamstring) and Alex Bruce (groin).
Jake Livermore returns after missing the double header against parent club Tottenham, but Danny Graham is on loan from the Black Cats and will make way for Yannick Sagbo.
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has no injury problems ahead of Strip to Hull.
Striker Steven Fletcher emerged unscathed despite appearing to land awkwardly during last Sunday's 2-1 derby victory over Newcastle and will be fit to retain his place.
Midfielder David Vaughan will not be part of the squad after being allowed to join Sky Bet Championship Nottingham Forest on a three-month loan deal.
Hull: Harper, Jakupovic, McShane, Faye, Davies, Rosenior, Elmohamady, Boyd, Quinn, Brady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Meyler, Koren, Aluko, Sagbo, Gedo, Proschwitz.
Sunderland: Westwood, Mannone, Celustka, Bardsley, Cuellar, O'Shea, Brown, Diakite, Roberge, Colback, Cattermole, Cabral, Gardner, Ki, Giaccherini, Johnson, Larsson, Ba, Karlsson, Mavrias, Fletcher, Altidore, Wickham, Borini, Ji.