Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore could be handed their first starts for Hull City Tigers as they host Norwich City at the KC Stadium on Saturday.
Steve Bruce will manage his club on home soil in the top flight for the first time since it won promotion from the Championship in May. The former Sunderland boss saw his side lose 2-0 to Chelsea on Sunday, but he will take heart from a spirited performance in the second half.
Huddlestone and Livermore both joined from Tottenham on Aug. 14, and made their debuts off the substitutes' bench at Stamford Bridge. And Bruce acknowledged he is considering making changes to his starting lineup for the match against Chris Hughton's team.
"We'll have a look," he told the club's official website. "I don't think it's any secret that the two lads from Tottenham came on and made a difference to us, so they both come into the reckoning. But I haven't finalised my 11 yet. We've got a couple of days to go and a lot can happen in that time, so I'm not going to reveal my hand just yet."
Hull remains without Stephen Quinn, who picked up a hamstring injury in a preseason friendly with Eintracht Braunschweig, while defender Abdoulaye Faye is sidelined with a calf problem.
Norwich started its campaign with a 2-2 draw at Carrow Road against Everton, with Ricky van Wolfswinkel grabbing a debut goal to secure a share of the spoils. Hughton could opt to partner Van Wolfswinkel with new signing Johan Elmander, if the Swede receives international clearance Friday.
Norwich was dealt a blow ahead of the game with the news of winger Elliott Bennett's knee injury. The 24-year-old logged 90 minutes against Everton on Saturday but will now be sidelined "for a few months," Hughton said.
Bennett added on Twitter: "Will use this time to improve, I will come back stronger, faster and better as a player and a person."
Anthony Pilkington (knee) and Gary Hooper (shin) will also miss out, but Sebastien Bassong and Robert Snodgrass are back in the mix after missing last weekend’s draw with Everton.
History suggests the match will be a close affair, with 11 league victories apiece in the head-to-head record. Norwich's last triumph in Hull came in April 2007, a 2-1 result.
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