Grant McCann will welcome back forward Ryan Longman for Hull City’s Championship fixture against AFC Bournemouth.
The Brighton loanee has been absent since the QPR game with a groin injury but is now back training, while defender Alfie Jones (also groin) is “quite close” to a return.
The boss said: “We’re a little bit better from last weekend. Everyone came through the game (at Fulham) fine.
“We’ve had Ryan Longman back on the grass this week, which is a plus for us. He went into the QPR game with a tight groin and he probably should have been a little more honest about that.
“He’s better now and had a good week’s training. He’s looked sharp and back to himself, where we saw him in pre-season.
“Alfie Jones is quite close. He hasn’t trained with the group yet but he’s been working hard on the grass with the conditioning coaches. Alfie may join in with us again tomorrow (Friday).
“To have those two back will be a boost for us and make us a bit stronger.”
McCann will again be without midfielder George Honeyman (ankle) and forward Mallik Wilks (calf) – but is hopeful they’ll be back soon after the international break.
“George has been out on the grass with the conditioning coaches,” McCann added.
“Mallik is a difficult one in terms of timescale. He’s been working hard in the gym but hasn’t been out on the pitches or the grass yet because it’s a bit of a strange one with the blood inside his calf. The physios are trying to release that blood before we can push Mallik a bit further.
“We’re hoping they’re not going to be far away from that first game after the international break. If it’s not the first one, it could be the second or third.”
Midfielder George Moncur is set to serve the final game of his three-match suspension.