Daniel Farke revealed Alex Tettey will travel with the first-team squad as they prepare to take on Leeds United on Saturday.
The Norwegian midfielder has been absent from action since the middle of October after injuring his calf in training but Farke delivered a positive update on the fitness of the 31-year-old.
“Alex Tettey will travel with us [to Leeds],” said Farke, addressing the local media at his pre-match press conference.
“Tom [Trybull] is back now, Harrison Reed has been very good in recent games and Mario Vrancic has improved a lot – he was our best player against Cardiff.
“We have lots of options now [in our midfield] and it’s a good problem to have.”
Farke also spoke of his delight at having Tettey’s fellow long-term absentee Jamal Lewis back fit. However, the boss said the young left-back will not travel with the first-team squad on Saturday.
“Jamal has been back for three weeks now. He’s very close to being in our squad but we don’t need to change the squad too much after last week’s win.
“He will probably play one more game for the Under-23s on Monday but that depends what happens in our game. Jamal is in a good place and I’m happy to have him back.”
James Husband has also been absent from action over the last few weeks but, on the left-back, Farke said: “James Husband has been back in training for two days but there’s no pressure to bring him straight back. We have many players fit now and he won’t travel because he’s only had two days back.”
Steven Naismith returned for the U23s in the victory over Middlesbrough on Sunday and Farke said the Scot may return to the first-team fold closer to Christmas.
“He could be available for Christmas but it’s too soon for Sunday. He’s trained with us this week but we aren’t under pressure to change the squad after the last game. It’s good to have him back in the team training.”
Finally, Farke updated the press on the fitness of Louis Thompson. The young midfielder was ruled out for a considerable amount of time in the summer after aggravating a previous Achilles problem.
“We’re looking at a return around the end of March, beginning of April but we have to be really careful with him. It will be hard for him when he returns. We may have to count of him for next season because we have to be very careful.”