Having blamed his side's defeat at Liverpool on the exhaustion of the festive fixture programme, Hull manager Steve Bruce is certain to ring the changes for the FA Cup third-round clash at Middlesbrough.
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Key men such as Tom Huddlestone, Curtis Davies and goalkeeper Allan McGregor are likely to be first in line for a rest from the starting XI, while Jake Livermore is unavailable due to the terms of his loan from Tottenham.
Stephen Quinn is fit after hamstring trouble and in line for his first appearance since November 9, with second-string strikers Matty Fryatt and Nick Proschwitz also hopeful of an opportunity.
Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka looks set to hand a first start to goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos.
The former Hartlepool shotstopper is expected to start in goal in the absence of Jason Steele (ankle) and Shay Given (ineligible).
Midfielder Dean Whitehead returns after serving a one-match ban in Boro's last outing.
Karanka will continue to check on defenders Frazer Richardson (ankle) and Andy Halliday (hernia surgery), who are closing in on a return to fitness.
Hull squad: McGregor, Harper, Davies, Chester, Faye, Figueroa, Bruce, Rosenior, Elmohamady, Brady, Quinn, Huddlestone, Meyler, Koren, Sagbo, McShane, Graham, Fryatt, Proschwitz.