Mike Phelan expects to add Harry Maguire to his Hull squad for the EFL Cup tie at Exeter, while a number of youngsters could also play.
Maguire returned to training last week after an ankle injury but was not risked for Saturday’s 2-0 Premier League win at Swansea, while Shaun Maloney, who scored one and made one after coming on as a substitute at the Liberty Stadium, is set to start in Devon.
Phelan’s options are so limited that he joked reserve-team goalkeeper Dusan Kuciak could be handed an unusual role against their struggling League Two opponents.
But youngsters Josh Tymon, Greg Olley, Josh Clackstone, Jarrod Bowen and Greg Luer were all on the bench at Swansea and some of them could feature in Devon.
“We could give Dusan a game outfield!” said Phelan. “But we have younger players who really fancy their chances and want to get in to a winning team.
“There will be an opportunity for one or two of the young players because we have a few talented ones in there. And it’s better to come in to a winning team than one that’s not.
“We will be a scalp now and Exeter haven’t done too bad in the cups in previous years. But we go there with one eye on Manchester United on Saturday because that’s a big one at home.”
Provisional squad: Jakupovic, Kuciak, Davies, Robertson, Livermore, Elmohamady, Maguire, Tymon, Bowen, Meyler, Huddlestone, Snodgrass, Clucas, Luer, Maloney, Clackstone, Hernandez, Diomande, Olley.