David Davis returns to contention for Hull clash

Birmingham City

Birmingham boss Garry Monk will hope to have captain David Davis available for the first time when Hull visit St Andrew's.

The midfielder has been out with a knee injury for over a month and has missed six matches, including Monk’s first two as manager, but he has been training and is close to a return.

Monk started with Lukas Jutkiewicz and Sam Gallagher as a strike partnership at Cardiff last weekend and could do so again as Blues look to halt a seven-game losing run which has plunged them into the relegation places.

Isaac Vassell (knee) and Jonathan Grounds (medial ligament) remain sidelined.

Hull have given their survival chances a huge boost in the past week with back-to-back wins against Norwich and Ipswich.

Tigers boss Nigel Adkins is unlikely to make many changes after the impressive 3-0 victory at Portman Road on Tuesday night, although he could bring Ondrej Mazuch and Abel Hernandez back into the squad.

Both players were left out in midweek having only recently made their returns from injury lay-offs.

Elsewhere, right-back Moses Odubajo (knee) is expected to make his long-awaited return to action when the Hull under-23s side face Burnley on Thursday afternoon.

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