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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 Watford 12 24
2 Derby County 12 23
3 Middlesbrough 12 23
4 Norwich City 12 21
5 Nottingham Forest 12 21
6 Ipswich Town 12 20
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 12 20
8 Charlton Athletic 12 19
9 Bournemouth 12 18
10 Brentford 12 18
11 Sheffield Wednesday 12 17
12 Cardiff City 12 16
13 Blackburn Rovers 12 16
14 Leeds United 12 15
15 Rotherham United 12 15
16 Reading 12 15
17 Huddersfield Town 12 15
18 Millwall 12 13
19 Wigan Athletic 12 11
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 12 11
21 Birmingham City 12 11
22 Fulham 12 10
23 Bolton Wanderers 12 8
24 Blackpool 12 6

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