Hull City starting XI: Who should play against Charlton?
Above: (L-R) Callum Elder, Marcus Maddison and Jackson Irvine will all be players hoping to make a difference to Hull's alarming drop in form
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Provided there are no hiccups, there are less than two weeks before the EFL Championship season resumes. Hull City were one of the teams desperate for the season not to resume - according to reports - but despite this, the Tigers could be due a well overdue change in fortune.

Injuries among various other factors have had an alarming impact on the East Yorkshire sides form since their last league win, which came on New Year's Day at Hillsborough. Two draws against Reading and Swansea City have been the only positive results in 2020, and that needs to change quickly once the Charlton Athletic game rolls around.

That begs the question - who should Grant McCann pick for the massive clash against Lee Bowyer's fellow strugglers? If fit, and if available (providing there are no announcements similar to Charlton's Lyle Taylor), the strongest side available could be the following:

Formation - 4-2-3-1

1. George Long (GK)

It goes without saying that the former Sheffield United goalkeeper will be between the sticks for the Charlton game.  Despite the poor run of form, Long is not a player that the fans have questioned - in fact, if it were not for him, the Leeds United home game would have finished much more than 4-0.

2. Eric Lichaj (RB)

His experience and leadership have been massively missed by the Tigers before the league suspension, and he could provide a timely boost to stop the City defense leaking goals as they did against both Leeds United and Stoke City.

5. Reece Burke (CB) 

Again massively missed at the heart of the defense, his hopefully renewed partnership with Dutchman Jordy De Vjis will fill the team with confidence and give supporters hope that clean sheets are something Hull can keep.

4. Jordy De Vjis (CB)

Arguably City's best defender, he has been the biggest loss to the team through injury. Solid at the back and a threat from set pieces, the Dutchman will be looking to help the Tigers climb the league.

26. Callum Elder (LB) 

Shows plenty of promise at left back, and although others will be competing for the spot, he'll have plenty to prove to the City faithful. Stephen Kingsley will no doubt be pushing Elder all the way for his place.

6. Kevin Stewart (DM)

The ex-Liverpool player expressed his desire to play for City despite on going contract negotiations recently, which will have endeared him to the City faithful. A very good player on his day - away performances in the first half of the season particularly prove this.

37. Leo Da Silva Lopes (DM)

Massively popular at the KCOM and with a very ending work rate as well as flashes of quality, the ex-Wigan man's form will no doubt be critical to City's chances of staying in the division. An engine that promises alot.

44. James Scott (LW)

Very much an unknown quantity, the youngster will be keen to make an impression and hungry to start. Perhaps others would play Martin Samuelson in this position over Scott, but with goals needed, going with the unknown could pay dividends for McCann if he opts for the inexperienced attacker.

10. Jon Toral (AM)

Perhaps another controversial choice, Toral is very gifted on the ball, but constant injuries have hampered his progression at the Tigers. Some may have picked Jackson Irvine here, or even put Da Silva in this position and see Irvine dropping into defensive midfield - but should he finally be fit, Toral could shine on his return.

14. Josh Bowler (RW)

Close in this position between him and Marcus Maddison, also on loan, Bowler has had his loan contract extended by Everton to remain at the KCOM until the end of the season. He will be keen to make an impression to either put himself in the shop window, or impress his parent club.

9. Tom Eaves (ST)

A difficult season so far for the ex-Gillingham man, who has struggled to find his best form in the Championship. Now returning from injury, it could be worth noting that putting him up front with youngster Keane Lewis-Potter could prove to be a winning formula. However, with the lone striker role often preferred by McCann, one could presume that Eaves will be leading the line against Charlton. He will be desperate to add to his modest goal tally in the league for sure.

Hull City fans, what would be your starting XI for the Charlton game? Do you agree with this, or have other players been overlooked?

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