Norwich City could hand a debut to Argentina international Jonas Gutierrez when the Canaries welcome Hull City to Carrow Road on Saturday.
Gutierrez, 30, joined Norwich (5-5-11) this week in a loan deal from Newcastle, and will team up with former Magpies manager Chris Hughton.
"Jonas can play on either flank and in a central position, so he's a very welcome addition," said Hughton. "He's somebody that will certainly bring experience - he's played close to 200 games for Newcastle so he knows the Premier League very well.
"He's been in England for five years, so there won't be that settling-in period that you would have with some other players. That's important, particularly in January when you need players that can go straight into the squad."
Hull (6-5-10) go into Saturday's game five places - but just three points - above the Canaries in the table. The Tigers will be looking for a minimum of four wins from the remaining 17 matches of the campaign if they are to stay in the top flight, but despite the pressure manager Steve Bruce insists he is looking forward to returning to his former club.
"I was thinking about it earlier and it's remarkable that it's now 30 years since I signed for Norwich as a player," said Bruce, who had a brief spell at the club in the 1980s. "It seems like a lifetime ago, but Norwich gave me the chance to have the career that I have and I'll always respect them for that.
"I had a wonderful three-and-a-half years there as a young player and I had my family there. Norwich is one of those places that I always enjoy going back to because it's a very good club and a well-run club that has done remarkably well in the last few years."
Norwich have injury doubts over Mark Turner (hamstring), Jonny Howson (back), Anthony Pilkington (hamstring), Alexander Tettey (ankle) and Elliott Bennett (knee), while Hull are missing Robbie Brady (groin), Joe Dudgeon (knee) and Sone Aluko (calf).
Hughton's side are without a win in six league games, scoring just three goals in that run, and have lost three of their last four. Hull have also lost three of their last four, but the exception was a 6-0 hammering of Fulham at the KC on Dec. 28.
Norwich has scored just 10 Premier League goals at Carrow Road this season, only Crystal Palace and Aston Villa have scored fewer on their home grounds.
The Tigers have failed to win any of their last seven matches away from Humberside and have not kept a clean sheet on the road all season.
Hull won 1-0 when these teams met at the KC Stadium earlier in the season, with Robbie Brady scoring the winner from the penalty spot with the Tigers' only shot on target of the match. Hull played for 63 minutes of the game with 10 men after Yannick Sagbo was sent off. Norwich haven't won any of their last five league meetings with Hull.
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