Hull City boss Nigel Adkins planning to make changes for FA Cup trip to Millwall

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Hull City boss Nigel Adkins planning to make changes for FA Cup trip to Millwall

Hull City head coach Nigel Adkins is planning to utilise the full depth of his in-form squad this weekend as he bids to overcome Millwall and reach the FA Cup fourth round.

City travel to The Den on Sunday for what will be their fifth game in 16 days and Adkins will use the third round tie as an opportunity to rest a number of first-team stars.

George Long, Robbie McKenzie, Brandon Fleming, Dan Batty, Jon Toral and Nouha Dicko will all hope to get the nod up against the Lions, while Adkins could also turn to Todd Kane after he dropped to the bench for the 6-0 win over Bolton.

Hull City Manager Nigel Adkins arrives at The Den prior to the Sky Bet Championship match at The Den, London
Hull City Manager Nigel Adkins arrives at The Den prior to the Sky Bet Championship match at The Den, London

David Marshall, Stephen Kingsley, Kevin Stewart, Kamil Grosicki and Jarrod Bowen started all four Christmas games and will be considered for a breather along with captain Markus Henriksen ahead of next weekend’s home game against Sheffield Wednesday, when the Tigers will chase a sixth straight league win.

Adkins was not afraid to make changes in a run to the FA Cup fifth round last season and he will see Sunday’s trip to the capital as a stage for fringe players to stake a claim.

Toral is one player in need of a start after coming off the bench against both Leeds and Bolton.

The 23-year-old has gone over four months since last playing 90 minutes but Adkins is hoping he can help to ease the loss of Jackson Irvine to the Asian Cup.

Jon Toral of Hull City
Jon Toral of Hull City

“He’s only going to get better,” said Adkins. “We know Jon has got a lot of ability and we’ve got to keep helping him to progress.”

Fraizer Campbell is unlikely to be risked after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury, meaning Adkins will turn to either Chris Martin or Dicko up front.

Batty appears to be a certain starter in midfield after finding himself out of the team for the last three games, while Fleming and McKenzie will hope to come into defence after making their full league debuts for City in the closing weeks of 2018.

Long, whose only appearance for City came in the EFL Cup defeat to Derby in August, is in line to replace Marshall, who has played every minute of the club’s Championship campaign.

Hull City goalkeeper George Long warms up before the Carabao Cup match at the KCOM Stadium
Hull City goalkeeper George Long warms up before the Carabao Cup match at the KCOM Stadium

City drew 2-2 when visiting Millwall in the league five weeks ago but come up against an opponent, like themselves, in a rich vein of form.

Neil Harris’ side have won three straight games against Reading, Nottingham Forest and Ipswich to leap six points clear of relegation trouble at the foot of the Championship.

City will earn a broadcast fee of £50,000 this weekend after the tie was selected for overseas broadcast, while the winning club will pick up a further £135,000 for reaching the fourth round.

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