With problems at the back in involving all three central defenders, one of the two look set to be pressed into emergency defensive duties.
James Collins looks the more likely to partner one or the other of the two at the back although both James Tomkins and Winston Reid will be tested before the game.
A source told ClaretandHugh: “Ginge is a real warrior and if it’s obvious we have a real problem he’s the one I’d be backing to come to the rescue even were he to need a pain killing injection to get through it.”
“However, should that not be the case we appear to be looking at the Joey O’Brien option in the centre of defence with Carl Jenkinson returning at right back.”
He added: “The injury situation is pretty bad but we can put out a semi-ok team.”