Football - Boyd braced for full debut

Hull striker George Boyd is hoping to make his first start for the club in the home clash with Birmingham.

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Boyd, signed last week initially on loan until the end of the season, made his first appearance for the Tigers off the substitutes' bench in last weekend's heavy defeat at Bolton.

Manager Steve Bruce has no new injury or suspension worries as his side look to climb back into the second automatic promotion place, and he could be boosted by the return of defenders Abdoulaye Faye and Paul McShane to the squad.

McShane, who has missed the last two games with a hamstring strain, and Faye, out since the beginning of the month due to a calf injury, both returned to training on Thursday.

Striker Sone Aluko is waiting to see if he requires surgery to resolve an Achilles problem and remains sidelined.

The Tigers have won their last three home matches.

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