Blackburn v Hull preview

Blackburn boss Steve Kean will have Ruben Rochina at his

disposal again for the visit of Hull.

The striker missed the 1-1 draw at Ipswich on the opening day

because of a hamstring injury.

It was thought the clash with the Tigers may be too soon for him

too, but the Spaniard has recovered in time to give Kean a

boost.

Captain Danny Murphy will also be available despite complaining

of tightness in his calf earlier in the week.

Full-back Martin Olsson is yet to return to training from his

groin injury so the Sweden international misses out, as does

back-up goalkeeper Mark Bunn, who is sidelined following a hip

operation.

Midfielder Steven Nzonzi will again be left out in the cold

after declaring his desire to leave while summer signing Leon Best

is a long-term absentee with a knee injury.

Hull manager Steve Bruce has hinted he will shuffle his pack to

cope with the physical presence of Blackburn at Ewood Park.

The Tigers boss enjoyed a winning start in his first npower

Championship match in charge, as they beat Brighton 1-0 thanks to a

goal from substitute Jay Simpson.

The performance of Simpson and the other replacements, coupled

with a lack of match-fitness for a number of his players, has given

Bruce food for thought ahead of their clash with Rovers.

Forward Matty Fryatt (Achilles) remains Hull’s only injury

absentee, but Corry Evans, Paul McShane and Alex Bruce will be

hoping to force their way into the manager’s thoughts.

“In terms of Wednesday, I think we will need to change slightly

in terms of personnel,” Bruce told Hull’s official website.

“Going to Blackburn on a Wednesday night, we need to be

physically ready for the challenge that they’re going to throw at

us.”