Scans have shown the England international did no lasting damage to his hamstring in last weekend's 1-0 win over Arsenal, and could make the game at the DW Stadium.
Fighter: Bent (left) is in a battle to be fit
Manager Steve Bruce is also boosted by the return of defender Michael Turnerfrom suspension, although that leaves him with a difficult decision after seeing Paulo da Silva and John Mensah stand firm against the Gunners.
Midfielder Lee Cattermole (medial ligament) could be as little as three weeks away from a return, but keeper Craig Gordon is out for three months with a broken arm.
Provisional squad: Fulop, Carson, Bardsley, McCartney, Da Silva, Mensah, Turner, Nosworthy, Ferdinand, Richardson, Reid, Malbranque, Henderson, Zenden, Campbell, Bent, Healy, Murphy, Meyler, Reed, Cana.
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