The defender tore his hamstring during last week's draw with Crystal Palace and is targeting the New Year's Day clash with Cardiff for a comeback.
Fellow defender Jonathan Spector is also likely to miss out as he struggles with an ankle injury, but he is expected to return for the Boxing Day trip to Barnsley.
Midfielder Darren Ambrose, full-backs David Murphy and Stephen Carr (all knee) and striker Akwasi Asante (hamstring) remain sidelined.
But Lee Clark is boosted by the return of Hayden Mullins from his one-match suspension, while fellow midfielder Morgaro Gomis is in contention after recovering from a thigh injury.
Young defender Emmitt Delfouneso - brother of Aston Villa striker Nathan - is included in the squad for the first time.