Hull defender Michael Dawson is on the verge of making his return to action following three frustrating months on the sidelines.
The 32-year-old has been unavailable for nearly three months with a knee ligament injury, which he sustained in the pre-season clash at Mansfield in July.
However, the former Spurs man has been working hard in rehabilitation and looks set to provide caretaker boss Mike Phelan with a timely boost.
Phelan has been without a number of key players all season and Dawson will hope he can help to provide a bit more stability as he looks in contention to feature against Bournemouth on Saturday.
Dawson said: “It’s been a frustrating time for me. When you are in the treatment room, it’s the worst part of being a footballer.
“It’s difficult at times but you know if you work hard during your rehabilitation period you’ll get your reward. I’ve worked hard to be where I am now.
“I’m just about ready to return to action.
“The boys have been magnificent given everything thrown at us during the summer. And I can’t wait to get the kit back on and be involved.”