The former Tottenham man missed Tuesday night's 3-0 win at Blackpool with a hamstring injury and could sit out again with Lee Camp, back from his recent loan spell with Nottingham Forest, proving an able deputy at Bloomfield Road.
Liam Miller is in line for his home debut following his recent switch from Sunderland, while fellow midfielder Hogan Ephraim will push for a start after a goalscoring appearance from the bench in midweek.
Striker Patrick Agyemang is out until April after thigh surgery so Heidar Helguson keeps his place following his double at Blackpool.
Skipper Martin Rowlands, midfielder Akos Buzsaky (both knee) and striker Rowan Vine (leg) are long-term absentees.
Reading are without defender defender Ivar Ingimarsson for the trip.
The Icelander underwent exploratory knee surgery on Thursday to assess the extent of a problem which kept him out against Wolves on
Tuesday, and manager Steve Coppell is yet to discover how long he will be out.
A late decision will be made over whether to include Michael Duberry after he was withdrawn against Wolves with a cut above his eye.
The area is still swollen but if this subsides and his vision is unaffected, he should play.
Noel Hunt and Kalifa Cisse have both been suffering with ankle problems but are likely to be available.
Striker Leroy Lita suffered a dislocated shoulder on Tuesday which needed to be put back in place and although he has trained, the club are awaiting the results of a scan.
Loan signing Dan Harding may win a place on the bench depending on the Royals' injury situation, while Emerse Fae and Darius Charles have left the club.Sporting Life