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Mon, 18 Feb 2013 17:27:00

Hull boss Steve Bruce is likely to be without defender Paul McShane for Blackburn's visit to the KC Stadium.

The Republic of Ireland international picked up a hamstring injury during the second half of Saturday's 1-0 win over Charlton and is a major doubt for the game.

Ahmed Fathi is in contention to start if McShane does not recover in time to feature.

Otherwise, Bruce looks set to keep faith in the same players that beat Charlton. Al Ahly loanee Gedo scored on his first start for the Tigers and will be hopeful of retaining his place in the starting line-up.

Defender Abdoulaye Faye continues to miss out as he recovers from a calf problem, while striker Sone Aluko remains sidelined with an Achilles injury.

Blackburn boss Michael Appleton has no new injury problems for the game.

Rovers recorded a memorable 1-0 FA Cup win over Arsenal at the weekend, although Appleton could look to rest aching limbs and bring recent loan recruits David Bentley, Karim Rekik and DJ Campbell into contention.

Former Manchester United forward Josh King is expected to remain sidelined due to a hamstring problem, but there is more positive news surrounding the club's other injury absentees.

Republic of Ireland international striker Leon Best is set to play for Blackburn's second-string against Sunderland on Monday evening - his first action since suffering knee ligament damage in a pre-season friendly with AEK Athens.

Dickson Etuhu (knee) and Adam Henley (hamstring) are due to step up their own rehabilitation alongside Best but none of the trio are in contention to feature at the KC Stadium.

Experienced duo Paul Robinson (back) and David Dunn (calf) remain on the sidelines.

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