The Croatian striker missed the defeat at Stoke on Saturday with a flare-up of his nagging knee problem, but is expected to be passed fit for Steve Bruce’s side.
Robbie Brady will also be out after picking up a calf injury in training that is likely to keep him out for some time.
Long-term absentee Mohamed Diame (knee) remains missing from the Tigers squad along with James Chester (shoulder), Liam Rosenior (hamstring) and Robert Snodgrass (knee).
Sunderland will have defender Wes Brown at his disposal after his red card was rescinded.
The 35-year-old was sent off for a foul on Manchester United’s Radamel Falcao at the weekend, but the decision has been overturned on appeal, and he could be joined in the squad by defender Billy Jones (ankle) and midfielders Jack Rodwell (groin) and Ricky Alvarez (knock) following their recoveries from injury.
However, winger Will Buckley (knee) remains a doubt, while fellow midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini (ankle) will miss the rest of the season.
Adam Johnson will not be included in the squad after being suspended by the club following his arrest on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16.