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Hull manager Steve Bruce is hoping a sickness bug that has been affecting his squad has passed in time for the clash with Chelsea.

As many as nine Hull players have shown symptoms over the past week but most are expecting to be fully fit.

Paul McShane is out for three to four weeks with an ankle injury sustained at Middlesbrough last weekend, while Sone Aluko (Achilles) and Robbie Brady (groin) remain out.

Chelsea, meanwhile,have no fresh fitness concerns.

Kevin De Bruyne is unlikely to be included after negotiations for the Belgium forward’s Chelsea exit gathered pace.

Midfielder Frank Lampard and right-back Branislav Ivanovic are out until the end of the month, while Marco van Ginkel is continuing his rehabilitation.

Chelsea could, at least for a few hours, hit the top with victory, some feat considering they have yet to truly gel during Mourinho’s second coming.

The signs, though, after four straight wins and conceding just one goal in five, are they are discovering the defensive stinginess and ruthlessness he demands.

Hull have given up just six League goals at the KC, so the visitors’ profligate strikers must up their game.

Stat of the game: Hull last beat Chelsea in 1988. Since then they have met nine times and never won.

Hull (Possible, 4-4-1-1): McGregor; Chester, Davies, Bruce, Figueroa; Elmohamady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Meyler; Koren; Sagbo.
Out: McShane (ankle), Aluko (Achilles), Brady (groin).

Chelsea (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Cech; Azplicueta, Cahill, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Mikel; Mata, Hazard, Schürrle; Torres.
Out Ivanovic, Van Ginkel (both knee), Lampard (muscle).

Referee: Mark Clattenburg. Matches: 13, R1 Y46.

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