Hull have no new injury or suspension concerns for Friday night’s fixture against Everton.
Forwards Abel Hernandez and Will Keane and defender Moses Odubajo remain long-term absentees.
Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg will be missing once again because of a dead leg, so Joel Robles will continue to deputise.
James McCarthy, Bryan Oviedo, Yannick Bolasie and Muhamed Besic are all still sidelined.
Martin Fisher: “Hull City began 2016 dreaming of a return to the Premier League; they end the year fearing an all-too-speedy return to the Championship.
“Bottom of the table, four points adrift of safety, things don’t look good. Two early wins in August proved a false dawn, one victory since paints a more accurate picture of a squad lacking enough quality and sufficient depth. A few masterstrokes are needed from Mike Phelan in the transfer window.
“In the meantime, Everton arrive on the back of a morale-boosting triumph away to champions Leicester. A three-man defence worked well for Ronald Koeman, and Romelu Lukaku took his goal tally into double figures again.
“The Belgian will be licking his lips at the prospect of what might come his way at the KCOM Stadium.”
Hull head coach Mike Phelan: “At this moment in time we’re looking at every option to bring players in. One of the biggest challenges for any player coming into the club is the position we’re in at the moment.
“If they’re courageous enough and want that challenge to either put their name out there to the clubs they’re at or they want to show they are better than where they’re at, then this is the club to come for that challenge.
“It has been difficult in the past to get players into the football club, but it’s not impossible.”
Everton manager Ronald Koeman: “I don’t look to the position in the table, because I watched Hull against Manchester City. After 70 minutes it was still 0-0 and City were not creating a lot of chances.
“Also, Hull lost the game at West Ham 1-0 but they were the better team and hit the post several times.
“It’s a tough one, a difficult one and we need to be at our best to get a good result.”
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