Injuries to Winston Reid and news that James Tomkins has suffered a dislocated shoulder has caused the manager a massive headache ahead of the game.
Doniel Henry – on loan at Blackburn Rovers – is understood to be locked in to 28 days with the club before release clauses can be triggered.
And with Carl Jenkinson barred from appearing against his parent club, it looks like that Joey O’Brien will be pushed into the right back role.
Enner Valencia is almost certain to miss the game with a wound caused by him stepping on broken crockery at home although Alex Song – despite carrying a troublesome knee problem – is almost certain to be told to get on with things.
With Carlton Cole also unavailable the likelihood is that Kevin Nolan will be pushed up alongside Diafra Sakho.