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Ilunga in contention, Diamanti out

Filed: Friday, 20th November 2009
By: Staff Writer

Herita Ilunga could make a welcome return to first team action at Hull tomorrow afternoon.

Congolese left-back Ilunga - sidelined since pulling up during the 2-1 win against Aston Villa a fortnight ago - has been back in training this week and may return to face struggling Hull City at the KC Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

Ilunga, should he return, is likely to be joined by Carlton Cole who was also injured during the narrow win over Villa. The international striker, who missed England's midweek defeat in Brazil is the club's top scorer thus far this season with six goals.

However Gianfranco Zola will be without Italian midfielder Alessandro Diamanti, who misses the game with a minor hip problem. He is expected to return for the visit of Burnley next weekend.

Meanwhile opponents Hull are set to be without midfielder Seyi Olofinjana, who pulled a hamstring whilst playing for Nigeria against Kenya last weekend.

However under-pressure manager Phil Brown is set to recall both goalkeeper Boaz Myhill (recovered from ligament damage) and Geovanni (back from suspension).

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