Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is considering recalling midfielder David Meyler from Hull City.
Meyler, 23, is on loan at the KC Stadium until 1 January but the Black Cats have the option to recall him after 28 days.
The Premier League side currently have injury concerns over midfielder and skipper Lee Cattermole.
"It is something I am going to have to look at soon," O'Neill told BBC Newcastle.
"He has got some game time and I think he is enjoying playing there. The 28-day period is soon up and I will look at that in detail then."
Meyler, who is a Republic of Ireland international, joined the Tigers on 8 November and has made four appearances for the Tigers so far.