Abdoulaye Faye will come into contention for a starting place when the Tigers travel to Huddersfield Town on Saturday (KO 5.20pm).
Steve Bruce must make a change to his back line with Paul McShane ruled out for the remainder of the season with ankle ligament damage, and Faye could be the man to get the nod after fully recovering from the calf injury he picked up at Millwall last month.
“Abdoulaye will come back into my thinking,” said Bruce.
“I think we need to be big physically. Huddersfield are good at set-pieces and they throw things into your box, so we’ll have to be right physically. Hopefully we’ll still have that bit of quality to go and win the match.
“Abdoulaye has been smashing for us but then he got the injury at Millwall. Paul McShane came in and did very well so I couldn’t leave him out, but that has been the beauty of our squad. When we’ve had players missing, we’ve had players to come in and fill their boots. That is why we’re at the top end of the table.”
The seven players who have been away on international duty in the last ten days have all returned in good shape with no injury worries while Matty Fryatt will have at least another week of full training before he is considered for match action following his recovery from Achilles surgery.
Sone Aluko (Achilles) and Joe Dudgeon (knee) remain sidelined.