The 26-year-old striker joined Southampton on a season-long loan deal and will make the move permanent next year.
"He's fit and has had game time in pre-season," Hughes told a news conference on Friday. "If I make that decision he'd be ready but we'll see how he does in the next two days. But clearly he's an option."
"Clearly there's enthusiasm from him. I'm sure he'd want to be part of that."
The arrival of Ings, attacking midfielder Stuart Armstrong and winger Mohamed Elyounoussi in the close season is expected to boost a Southampton attack that scored just 37 goals in 38 league games last campaign.
"We needed to improve our ability to convert chances and create chances," Hughes added. "(Now) we have to start playing, start scoring goals and winning games but we're in a better position in terms of our attacking threat this year."
(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)