James Harper is in line to make his first start for Hull City against Scunthorpe United at the weekend.
The midfielder joined Hull in the summer after being released by Sheffield United, but has had to wait to make an impact.
He was initially sidelined by a broken foot before making his Tigers debut as a half-time substitute in last month's 2-1 home defeat by Portsmouth.
Harper subsequently missed last weekend's draw at Barnsley through illness, but is likely to be ready for the visit of Scunthorpe on Saturday.
"James is back in training," Hull's assistant manager Craig Shakespeare told the club's official website.
"You feel for James because he's worked really hard in recovering from his foot injury and on his fitness to get himself back. He was probably back involved quicker than he thought, but we wanted him in there.
"Then he picked up an illness, which obviously you can't do much about. But he's back up to about 90 per cent and he'll ease himself back in during the next couple of days.
"We'll make sure that he's eating the right food and drinking the right things and he'll be clear to play on Saturday."
Meanwhile, Rowan Vine has returned to Queens Park Rangers after the end of his month-long loan at Hull during which time he failed to score in five appearances.