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Hull City v Portsmouth FC: Match Preview

After a more than satisfying international break, Pompey fans and players alike can refocus their minds on the difficult task ahead – the task to secure league survival.

Fans can be encouraged by the news that nearly all players on international duty have returned unscathed from midweek duty and are available for selection for tomorrow’s encounter at the K.C. Stadium.

Armand Traore was the lone man to return carrying an ankle injury after receiving a knock whilst on international duty with the France Under-21s.

Jermaine Pennant’s timely return from injury could result in a reshuffle of the team that was victorious against Everton only a fortnight ago, with Glen Johnson reoccupying his right-back slot and Younes Kaboul dropping to the bench.

Hart is likely to stick with David Nugent and Peter Crouch in attack, with the England striker having scored three goals in his last two league appearances.

Hull City Team News

Hull fans can be encouraged by the return of captain Ian Ashbee and Guinean defender Kamil Zayatte, after both recovered from muscle and leg injuries respectively.

However, defender Andy Dawson and former Rangers forward Daniel Cousin remain doubts for tomorrow’s ‘crucial battle’ at the bottom of the table.

Cousin has been suffering with a back injury, keeping him out of the club’s previous two games, whilst Dawson is likely to miss out after pulling a thigh muscle in the club’s last league encounter against Wigan.

Manager Phil Brown has revealed that former England international Nick Barmby is set to play a ‘significant role’ in the club’s bid for survival, suggesting the winger could be given an outing against Pompey.

Likely Line-ups

Portsmouth: James, Johnson, Campbell (c), Distin, Hreidarsson, Pennant, Davis, Mullins, Kranjcar, Nugent, Crouch.

Hull City: Duke, Zayatte, Ricketts, Turner, Mendy, Ashbee (c), Kilbane, Geovanni, Marney, Barmby, Manucho.  

Venue: KC Stadium – Date: Saturday 4 April 2009 – Kick off: 1500 BST

Tollast’s player to watch….David Nugent

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