Hull are hopeful Michael Dawson could be just a month away from making his return to action following a knee ligament injury.
The 32-year-old was one of several players to go down with an injury during a torrid pre-season for the Tigers, leaving caretaker boss Mike Phelan with just 13 fit senior players for the start of the campaign.
Hull have coped admirably despite being down to the bare bones, winning two of their first three league matches, and are now looking forward to getting several key men back.
Dawson is the closest to making a return to action, with City’s head of medical services Rob Price revealing that he is “four or five weeks” away from being fit enough to play again.
Elsewhere, goalkeeper Allan McGregor is six weeks into a four-month rehabilitation programme following back surgery while Moses Odubajo is a couple of months from being back in full training after a knee injury.
Defender Alex Bruce is still on course to make his comeback from an Achilles injury in late November or early December.