The 32-year-old was granted leave from Stoke training this week before returning on Thursday and will now be considered for Saturday's trip to Bournemouth.
However, Stoke will remain without captain Ryan Shawcross, who continues to recover from a back problem, while midfielder Charlie Adam and defender-cum-midfielder Geoff Cameron are nursing calf and ankle injuries respectively and are unavailable.
"We haven't got anyone else coming back in apart from Jonny Walters after a little bit of illness," Hughes told Stoke City Player.
"He's still not 100% fit but hopefully he will have improved enough to be in contention on Saturday.
"Sadly there's no Ryan Shawcross, he is still progressing well but he'll probably miss out this weekend.
"It would be nice if he was available but he has only done one session with the physio and doing small sided-stuff, so he's not ready as yet.
"Charlie is progressing as well but he has still got a few weeks ahead of him after his muscle injury and Geoff Cameron is progressing well but he isn't available either.
"After this weekend there is a break in the programme so we should have everybody back when we return from that."
Stoke currently sit 11th on the Premier League table on the back of three straight defeats while hosts Bournemouth occupy 15th having won two of their past four.