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Mclean: Struggling with a calf injury

Mclean: Struggling with a calf injury

Team news for Friday night's Championship opener between Hull and Blackpool at the KC Stadium.

Hull will be without striker Aaron Mclean for their opening game of the season against Blackpool.

Mclean is struggling with a calf injury but manager Nigel Pearson hopes to include fellow forward Jay Simpson in his squad.

Simpson missed the final pre-season game against Chesterfield on Saturday due to a knock but returned to training on Wednesday and is expected to make the substitutes' bench, with summer signing Dele Adebola favourite to start alongside Matty Fryatt up front.

Defender Paul McShane (calf) and winger Cameron Stewart (knee) remain long-term absentees.

Hull's other summer signings, goalkeepers Peter Gulacsi and Adriano Basso, defender Jack Hobbs and midfielder Paul McKenna, all featured against Chesterfield and will be hoping to make their debuts.

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway could field several debutants in the clash.

While the Seasiders have lost a host of players since their relegation last season, most notably captain Charlie Adam and playmaker David Vaughan, plenty of new faces have arrived.

They include Bojan Djordjic, Matthew Hill, Kevin Phillips, Barry Ferguson, Craig Sutherland, Miguel Llera and Tom Ince.

Ferguson, a £750,000 signing from Birmingham, looks set to emerge as a key player for Holloway's men as they bid to bounce straight back into the top flight.

Assistant boss Steve Thompson said: "He is a good leader on and off the pitch and that will be important to us."

Meanwhile, rookie striker Louis Almond, 19, has joined Barrow on loan until January.

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1 Bournemouth 46 90
2 Watford 46 89
3 Norwich City 46 86
4 Middlesbrough 46 85
5 Brentford 46 78
6 Ipswich Town 46 78
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 78
8 Derby County 46 77
9 Blackburn Rovers 46 67
10 Birmingham City 46 63
11 Cardiff City 46 62
12 Charlton Athletic 46 60
13 Sheffield Wednesday 46 60
14 Nottingham Forest 46 59
15 Leeds United 46 56
16 Huddersfield Town 45 54
17 Fulham 46 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 46 51
19 Reading 46 50
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 46 47
21 Rotherham United 46 46
22 Millwall 46 41
23 Wigan Athletic 46 39
24 Blackpool 45 25

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