Grant McCann says he was keen to rearrange the Sunderland game for this weekend to avoid a fixture pile-up later in the season.
The Tigers were initially scheduled to play Wigan but the match was postponed after a number of Latics players tested positive for Covid-19.
The Black Cats’ fixture at Fleetwood was also suspended due a Covid-19 outbreak in the Cod Army camp, leaving both clubs with a free weekend.
Having already seen the home matches against Accrington and Lincoln postponed – as well as the original Boxing Day trip to Sunderland – McCann did not want another game week to go to waste.
As such, Hull City will now travel to the Stadium of Light on Saturday evening, kick-off 7:45pm live on Sky Sports.
And the boss says it is a contest his players are relishing, having prepared for the likelihood the game would be played.
“We’ve approached this week as if the game was going ahead,” said McCann.
“We knew in the early part of the week both clubs were in contract and wanted the game on.
“It was more of the EFL, Sky and both clubs waiting to see how the next round of (Covid-19) testing came through.
“Fortunately, for both of us, it’s worked out well by and large, so we can get the game ahead.
“I think it was important for us because we didn’t want to have a backlog of games.
“Yes, it makes it difficult this month with eight games.
“But like I’ve always stressed, I feel we’ve got a good squad – as you saw last week when we had five or six players missing, but we can still be strong.
“It was important we got the game on and we’re looking forward to it.”