Hull defenders Joe Dudgeon and Alex Bruce are hoping to be in contention for Saturday's home game with Ipswich having both been forced to withdraw from the Northern Ireland squad.

The Tigers pair were hoping to make their respective debuts for Northern Ireland in Portugal this week after receiving their first call-ups, but Dudgeon was ruled out with a knee injury, while Bruce has been struggling with a groin strain.

Dudgeon has had an injection in his knee and manager Steve Bruce is hoping the pair can ease his injury woes ahead of Ipswich's visit as fellow defenders James Chester (hamstring) and Jack Hobbs (anterior cruciate ligament) are out of action.