The 60-year-old has confirmed teenager Reece Burke will start after impressing on his Premier League debut at QPR last week – with fellow defenders Winston Reid (hamstring), James Tomkins (shoulder) and Guy Demel (calf) all ruled out.
Alex Song missed the trip to Loftus Road with a back problem but may return, whilst strikers Diafra Sakho (thigh) and Andy Carroll (knee) still missing.
Ashley Barnes returns from suspension for Burnley.
Fellow forward Sam Vokes will have a fitness test on Friday to see whether he has recovered from the thigh injury that ruled him out of the 1-0 defeat to Leicester last weekend.
Long-term knee injury victims Dean Marney and Kevin Long remain sidelined.