Team news: Hull v Newcastle - Tigers strikers returns

Nikica Jelavic has found form at Hull. Photo: PA

Hull welcome back in-form strike duo Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long for the Barclays Premier League visit of Newcastle.

The pair were cup-tied for the FA Cup fifth-round win over Brighton on Monday but should return alongside Tom Huddlestone and Alex Bruce, who missed that game with knocks.

Paul McShane (ankle) and Robbie Brady (groin) are the only long-term absentees and are unlikely to be seen again this season.

Hatem Ben Arfa and Davide Santon will be missing from the Newcastle squad as Alan Pardew's men head for Hull on Saturday.

Midfielder Ben Arfa (unspecified knock) and full-back Santon (knee) both missed last weekend's 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory over Aston Villa and will sit out once again at the KC Stadium.

Central defender Fabricio Coloccini and midfielder Cheick Tiote suffered no ill-effects on their respective returns from injury, while midfielder Sylvain Marveaux will have to wait to see if he is included after apparently falling out of favour.

Provisional squads

Hull: McGregor, Harper, Davies, Bruce, Figueroa, Rosenior, Chester, Huddlestone, Elmohamady, Meyler, Quinn, Livermore, Boyd, Fryatt, Koren, Sagbo, Aluko, Long, Jelavic.

Newcastle: Krul, Elliot, Coloccini, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, S. Taylor, Dummett, Haidara, Tiote, Anita, Marveaux, Sissoko, Gouffran, Sammy Ameobi, Gosling, Remy, Cisse, De Jong, Shola Ameobi, Armstrong.