Hull City have been boosted by the return of Tom Eaves for Saturday’s first ever trip to AFC Wimbledon’s new Plough Lane ground.

Eaves has been out of action since early January after picking up a calf injury in the 1-1 draw at Sunderland – the second time this term he’s left the Stadium of Light unable to continue.

The experienced frontman is likely to take his place on the bench in southwest London, with McCann seeing his injury list reducing as the season enters a key phase.

“Everyone came through the Ipswich game and the team is looking a bit stronger,” McCann said.

“Tom Eaves has trained this week, which is good. He’ll be part of the group that travels to Wimbledon and it’s pleasing to see that everyone is in good shape heading into the weekend.

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“We’re starting to get people back off the injury table now and the squad’s looking stronger.

“Whatever team starts the game, whenever the look over to the bench having given everything for us, there’s people on there that can come on and change the game, it’s nice to have a strong squad to pick from.”

The return of Eaves has swelled the attacking options available to the City boss, as he looks to reignite a stuttering promotion push which took a significant blow on Tuesday night with a second successive 1-0 home defeat – a third game in a row at the KCOM Stadium without finding the net.

Scoring on the road has not been a problem for City, with 34 of their 49 arriving away from east Yorkshire, and eight of those coming in the last two at Wigan and Doncaster.

Having the 29-year-old available for the run-in will only add to the sense of competition, McCann says.

“He’s different to what we’ve got, he’s different to Josh Magennis – they’re different types of players, it gives us a fresh emphasis off the bench, it gives us different options.

“It’s a nice boost to have Tom back. He’s great to have around the group and he’s a very likeable guy and a good player. It’s been a bit stop-start for Eavesy with the injuries he’s picked up in both matches at Sunderland and it’s been frustrating for him.

“He’s been working hard and he’s looking strong so it’s nice to have him back fit and available.”

“We know his record in this division over the past three seasons, he’s a big threat.”