Huddersfield Town will be wary of further Uruguayan wizardry when they host Hull City.

Gaston Ramirez scored twice as Town came a cropper at Middlesbrough on Tuesday, when they lost 3-0.

And there are suggestions Abel Hernandez will return to the Hull starting XI at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The Tigers’ former Town manager Steve Bruce has promised changes in the wake of a 4-0 defeat at promotion rivals Derby County.

Senegalese star Mohamed Diame and Nigerian international Sone Aluko were the preferred frontline options.

But 17-goal top scorer Hernandez, capped 24 times by Uruguay, is tipped to start after three games on the bench.

Egyptian ace Ahmed Elmohamady could come in for suspended right-back Moses Odubajo.

And midfielders Shaun Maloney and David Meyler, both on the bench at Derby, have been mentioned in dispatches.

Bruce, who bossed Town between May 1999 and October 2000, is desperate to get Hull’s campaign back on track.

They were top of the table going into March, but after just one win in seven outings, are down to fourth.

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“We have to recover, it’s as simple as that,” said Bruce, who guided the club into the Premier League in 2013 but couldn’t stave off last season’s relegation.

“I’ve got people who are champing at the bit to play. I’ll look at that and see if we need to freshen up with different personnel.

“After Tuesday nobody can come knocking on my door asking why they’re not playing Saturday.

“That’s the disappointing thing, the level where we were at on Tuesday is nowhere near what we’re capable of.”

Bruce, who had 14 full internationals in his squad at Derby, continued: “I’ve seen what they’re capable of.

“Now it’s up to them to show their character, resilience and bottle.

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“Only they can respond and I hope they can. I’m confident they can.

“We’ve got experienced players playing in this team.

“Before Derby there wasn’t too much wrong with the performances but on Tuesday there was something wrong.

“We gave a bad goal away and to be fair to Derby, they scored a good goal for the second, the best bit of quality on the night.

“The performance level wasn’t anywhere near what we expect.

“Whether that’s pressure or whatever, I expected us to be better.”