Hull are set to give a debut to new loan signing David Amoo, while Richard Garcia could return to the squad after two months out with a knee injury.
But defender Anthony Gerrard remains doubtful with a twisted ankle.
Nottingham Forest's 1-1 draw against struggling Middlesbrough in midweek was the second time in three matches Billy Davies' side needed a 90th-minute goal to rescue a point. It was also their third consecutive draw and continued their recent habit of failing to beat the Championship's bottom sides.
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While the Reds, who are fourth, have stuttered of late, they are still only three points outside the automatic promotion places, and have still picked up more points in 2011 than another team in the division.
And they continue to boast a phenomenal record at the City Ground. The number of regular-season matches they have gone unbeaten at home now stands at 36 - a run that goes back to September 2009.
On Saturday they put that record on the line against the only team yet to lose away in the Championship in 2011. Hull have not lost in 12 league games on the road, and have scored in each of their last six away matches.
• Forest have won 27 and Hull 20 of the 55 previous matches between these clubs.
• Hull have won three of their last five matches against the Reds.
• Forest have lost only one of their last 15 league matches.
• They have picked up 26 points in 2011, and are one of only three clubs to have won as many as seven Championship matches since the turn of the year.
• Hull are the only team that are both yet to lose a Championship game this season after scoring the first goal, and yet to win one after conceding the opener.
• Sixteen Hull players have scored league goals for City this season. No second-tier team's goals have been share between more players.
• City have won five matches and drawn seven on their travels since their last away defeat; a 4-0 loss against to Burnley on 28 September.
Source: BBC Sport
Source: BBC Sport