Shaun Maloney could feature for Hull, having returned to training from a back problem that has kept him out since mid-October.
Dieumerci Mbokani is still suspended, while Abel Hernandez, Will Keane and Moses Odubajo are among the injured players who remain out.
Crystal Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye is available after a one-match ban.
Steve Mandanda, Pape Souare, Loic Remy, Connor Wickham and Jonathan Benteke are sidelined by injury.
Guy Mowbray: “A Christmas cracker riddle: What used to be Sunderland’s, but is now Hull’s?
“I’ll give you David Meyler and Ahmed Elmohamady, but the answer I was looking for is the label of ‘doomed’ by those who fancy themselves as Nostradamus*.
“Palace were threatening to borrow it too, but last week’s win over Southampton has lightened the millstone for Alan Pardew ahead of this milestone – his 300th Premier League game as a manager.
“It’s his first at Hull since going head to head too literally with the aforementioned Meyler in 2014.
“With some beasts of games to see out the year after this, it’s also huge for both sides.”
*Google him – or click on the link.
Hull City head coach Mike Phelan on the psychological boost a win would bring: “It’s a big thing – to be out of the bottom three.
“It gives you breathing space and the opportunity to progress. We’ve had occasions in the past to be able to do that and we haven’t taken them.
“We’re all well aware that opportunities come along and you have to improve and take them.
“We haven’t done that; hopefully that will change.”
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew: “A win is gold dust in this division at the moment. Our game at Hull could define the first half of our season – we’ve got two very difficult fixtures after [at home to Manchester United and Chelsea].
“The consistency of performance is what you’re always searching for.
“If our players put in a performance like they did against Southampton, with the concentration, the effort and running power, then Hull are going to find it very difficult to beat us.”
I was at Hull’s defeat at Middlesbrough on Monday and they offered very little in attack.
That’s the difference between these two teams – Palace look a threat going forward, while Hull don’t.
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