Hull goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi will return to contention for the home clash with Brighton for the first time since New Year's Day. Gulacsi, on loan from Liverpool, has been sidelined with a knee injury and with fellow goalkeeper Adriano Basso struggling with a similar problem, Arsenal loanee Vito Mannone has started in the last seven matches.
Mannone is expected to continue, with Gulacsi returning to the substitutes' bench. Manager Nick Barmby has no new injury or suspension worries and will be selecting his side from an almost full-strength squad. Barmby must decide whether to retain Aaron Mclean up front alongside Matty Fryatt or recall Cameron Stewart. The Tigers, unbeaten in their last five league games, are bidding to climb back into the top six.
Matt Sparrow, Joe Mattock and Gonzalo Jara Reyes return to the Brighton squad. Midfielder Sparrow has completed a three-match ban after he was sent off against Leicester earlier this month. On-loan full-backs Mattock and Reyes missed Sunday's 6-1 FA Cup defeat at Liverpool as they were cup-tied. Liam Bridcutt, who scored two own-goals at Anfield, is expected to shake off a minor back knock to continue in central midfield. Defender Tommy Elphick remains sidelined with an Achilles injury and midfielder Gary Dicker is still recovering from a broken leg but the Seagulls have an otherwise fully-fit squad. Striker Craig Mackail-Smith is pushing for a recall after dropping to the bench against the Reds.
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