Shola suffered a stress fracture of the foot in August but has already begun light training. Hughton said:
“The good news with Shola is that he has no adverse reaction to the original injury and he’s started doing work on it again.
“He’s with us over this fortnight and he’s continuing to work at it. We are looking at a pre-Christmas return for Shola, and we’re thinking it should be early December at the moment, which would obviously be a big boost for everyone because he is a big player for us.
“He is with us at the moment, and I think it is a slightly frustrating time for him because he cannot really do any weight-bearing training with the foot at the moment. Obviously the most important thing is making sure he is right, so we don’t want to rush anything, but his progress has been quite good.
“In his absence we’ve managed to get Marlon Harewood and he has brought some quality to the squad, but obviously the more players that we have capable of scoring goals the better, so it would be good to have him back.”
Hughton also expects Fabricio Coloccini and Jose Enrique to be fit again after the international break.
“At the moment he’s [Coloccini] on course for Forest. He’s not at the stage where he is joining training yet, but we’ll look to get him outside and back with the lads by the end of the week,” said Hughton.
“He’s not too far away and that is another good sign for us to be getting players back. Jose will be fine for the Forest game too, he was touch and go.”
The news on Joey Barton isn’t so good and it looks like he could be out for many months. Hughton said:
“Joey’s had some surgery to his fourth metatarsal, and he will be out for a period of months. That’s very much a blow for us.”
“It’s something he’s been carrying for a little while now, but at least we know now.
“We were in the fortunate position to have Nicky Butt and Geremi on the bench, and even Peter Lovenkrands who can play in the wide area.
“It’s an area where I think we have got good cover.”