"Daniel [Sturridge] and Benjani are at about the same level and they are just ahead of Martin and Michael," Hughes told Key 103.
"They are all coming back at the right time for us. They will introduce an energy and enthusiasm to the squad.
"We have a number of players coming back now who are itching to get into the side and that can only be a good thing for us."
Taken alongside the news that Sturridge played and scored for the England U20s last night, he must surely be in contention for the Arsenal game. And given Bozhinov's ineligibility, Hamburg away in eight days time.