Brewers clean up awards

Hull boss Steve Bruce must decide whether to recall Robert Koren

for Saturday’s Championship clash with Nottingham Forest at the KC

Stadium.

Koren was rested on Monday night in the win at Burnley, with

Alex Bruce employed as a holding midfielder, but the Tigers manager

may want to revert back to a more attacking formation at the KC

Stadium.

Bruce is expected to be without midfielder Corry Evans again as

he sustained a thigh strain in the warm-up ahead of last week’s

defeat at Crystal Palace.

Defender Abdoulaye Faye (calf) has shaken off his recent injury

and is pushing for a recall, as is striker Jay Simpson.

Sone Aluko and Matty Fryatt remain sidelined with Achilles

tendon injuries.

Dexter Blackstock is likely to miss out for Nottingham

Forest.

Blackstock was forced off after 34 minutes of last Saturday’s

3-1 home win over Wolves with a hamstring injury and he is a big

doubt ahead of Saturday’s game.

Fellow strikers Billy Sharp (chest infection) and Darius

Henderson (knee) were also struggling last weekend and boss Billy

Davies will hope that they have improved over the course of this

week.

On-loan Norwich centre-half Daniel Ayala (hamstring) and fellow

defender Dan Harding (calf) are both close to a return to the

squad.

The Brewers completed the month unbeaten to boost their

promotion hopes, winning four and drawing one of their five

games.

Rowett’s men scored 14 goals, conceding five, to end February in

third place.

He told the Derby Telegraph: “It’s great to receive recognition

for what we achieved in February and, most importantly, it’s

testament to the players and their efforts over the period.”

“I’m also delighted for Jacques, who fully deserves the accolade

after some very impressive displays.”

Albion midfielder Maghoma appeared in all five matches and

netted four goals along the way to take his tally for the season to

14.