The 24-year-old has made just three appearances this season due to a back injury, the latest in a long line of injury problems that have plagued him since he arrived at the club back in 2015.
Mings has not played since the clash at Arsenal in September, but Howe is confident he will be back soon and hopefully in time for the hectic Christmas schedule.
"Tyrone is getting closer. He is building up his fitness levels. His back, touch wood, seems much improved so he's on the right lines," Howe told the Daily Echo.
"It will take him a while to build up his fitness, but with the amount of games we have coming up, you don't know what is round the corner. He needs to be ready as quickly as we can get him."