Jake Livermore could make his competitive comeback when Hull host Swansea in the third round of the Capital One Cup.
Livermore has not played since May, when details emerged of a positive in-game test for cocaine.
After an investigation the Football Association decided earlier this month not to ban the 25-year-old due to mitigating circumstances relating to the death of his newborn son.
Livermore, who had been keeping a rigid solo training regime, is eager to play again having returned to the Tigers fold and manager Steve Bruce is considering him for Tuesday night.
“Jake has come in and wants to get back playing again,” Bruce told BBC Radio Humberside.
“A footballer wants to play. No-one wants to sit in the stands.”
“I will speak to my medical team and my staff…whether I put Jake in on Tuesday, I’ll make up my mind in the next 24 hours.”
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Summer signings Franck Tabanou and Eder could feature for Swansea.
Manager Garry Monk says a few bumps and bruises will be assessed after Saturday’s draw with Everton but several first-team regulars seem certain to be stood down ahead of their next Premier League test at Southampton.
Summer signings Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Tabanou and Eder have had little football since joining the club and the trio could all feature alongside the likes of veteran Leon Britton, Matt Grimes and Modou Barrow.
“There will be a few bumps and bruises from the Everton game but we want to go up there strong and try and win that game,” Monk said.
“I’m sure there will be some changes but whether it’s the amount I made for York I don’t know.”