Ibrahima Sonko will be forced back onto the sidelines for Hull’s trip to his parent club Stoke tomorrow.
The defender had not played first-team football for more than five months when he was called on by boss Iain Dowie for last weekend’s 2-0 win over Fulham but he is ineligible for the Britannia Stadium trip under the terms of his loan agreement.
Sonko’s place is likely to be taken by Andy Dawson after he returned to training following a hamstring injury while Caleb Folan (knee) and Bernard Mendy (illness) are also fit.
Stephen Hunt is still struggling with a foot problem and is unlikely to feature while youngster Liam Cooper (ankle) was due to be given a run-out in the reserves this week but broke his nose in training.
Amr Zaki (knee) is still sidelined and Ian Ashbee, Kamil Zayatte (both knee) and Anthony Gardner (ankle) are long-term absentees.
Provisional squad: Myhill, Duke, Marney, McShane, Mouyokolo, Kilbane, Bullard, Cairney, Garcia, Geovanni, Boateng, Ghilas, Olofinjana, Barmby, Altidore, Fagan, Vennegoor of Hesselink, Folan, Mendy, Dawson.