Hull City boss Nigel Adkins has confirmed that Abel Hernandez has returned to training and could return to first-team action next month.
The 27-year-old has spent the last five months on the sidelines after rupturing his Achilles in a game against Wolves in August but has been involved in light training recently.
The striker hopes he can earn a place in Uruguay's World Cup squad although Adkins' only priority at the moment is keeping the Tigers in the Championship.
"He's working hard," said the former Scunthorpe and Southampton boss. "His attitude is spot on. He needs to play as well. He's got a World Cup to think about in the summer.
"The quicker he's back is better for him and, importantly, for Hull City. He's contracted to this club and he needs to keep working hard.
"I was on the training ground with Abel last week and he's stepped things up with a bit more pitch-work. There's still a long way to go though. The plan is maybe the second week of February. We'll have to wait and see."
Hull City are 500/1 to be relegated this season, while Reading are 40/1 to go down, Burton Albion 2/9 and Sunderland 1/1000.
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