Josh Bowler remains on the sidelines but is closing in on a return having not featured since mid-January, while Jordy de Wijs, Reece Burke, Jon Toral and Herbie Kane are all around a fortnight away from coming back into McCann’s thoughts.
Angus MacDonald is due to play his first game since August 2018 when the Tigers’ Under-23s play Birmingham City on Friday night, but Tom Eaves, Eric Lichaj and James Scott remain unavailable.
“Josh Bowler is getting close,” said McCann. “He’s been on the pitch with the fitness coaches so he’s looking better. Herbie (Kane) is probably still another couple of weeks away.
“Same as Reece (Burke), same as Jordy (de Wijs) and same as Jon Toral. It’s just Josh Bowler who’s probably closer than anyone else.
“If we can get him on the pitch next week then he will but he’s been out for a bit of time now. He’s going to need some conditioning work to get up to speed.”
Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross and winger James McClean are close to returning from injury but are not yet quite fit enough to feature. Liam Lindsay could play for the first time since January after a lay-off.