Hull City v QPR preview

Team news ahead of Saturday afternoon's Championship clash between Hull City and QPR at the KC Stadium.

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Hull will include latest signing Tijani Belaid in their squad for the home clash with the Championship leaders.

The 23-year-old Tunisia international is hoping to make his Tigers debut after the club received international clearance this week.

Manager Nigel Pearson may add goalkeeper Matt Duke, ruled out last week through illness, and veteran midfielder-turned-defender Nolberto Solano, who missed the 1-1 draw at Reading due to a thigh problem, to his squad.

Left-back Andy Dawson faces a late fitness test as he struggles to overcome a groin injury.

Striker Caleb Folan (knee) is back in training and goalkeeper Vito Mannone (groin), on loan from Arsenal, is six weeks away from a return, while winger Richard Garcia hopes to be back in action some time in February following knee surgery.

Hull, who have lost only one of their last 12 league games, have closed to within five points of the play-offs.

Dan Shittu and Pascal Chimbonda could be added to the QPR squad for the trip north.

Centre-half Shittu this week rejoined Rangers on a deal until the end of the season but was struggling with a hamstring injury towards the end of his spell at Millwall so his fitness will be assessed.

Full-back Chimbonda arrived on a free last week after leaving Blackburn.

Striker Heidar Helguson is a doubt after limping off against Coventry on Sunday with a thigh injury so West Brom loanee Ishmael Miller could make his full debut.

Midfielder Akos Buzsaky is still out with a knee injury while defender Peter Ramage (cruciate) and strikers Jamie Mackie and Patrick Agyemang (both broken leg) are the long-term absentees.

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