M’Bia is serving the second match of a three-game ban after his sending off against Arsenal two weeks ago so he will not be able to face fellow strugglers Southampton in what is widely regarded as a must-win match for Mark Hughes’ men.
In midfield, Park Ji-Sung (knee) is unlikely to recover from injury, while Jamie Mackie (ankle) and Kieron Dyer (calf) are doubtful but centre-half Ryan Nelson could recover from his ankle injury which kept him out of New Zealand’s match in midweek.
On loan defender Fabio Da Silva has a hamstring problem and is not expected to feature so Hughes is likely to name the same line up that lost at Stoke last week.
A fan who was airlifted to hospital during Chesterfield's 3-1 defeat to Lincoln is responding well to treatment, the Spireites have said.
Neil Warnock is not letting himself dream of the Premier League despite Cardiff edging closer to promotion with a 3-2 triumph over Birmingham.
Chris Wilder thought his Sheffield United side just about shaded the goalless draw at Ipswich and enjoyed the best of the limited chances.
Paul Hurst highlighted the contribution of influential skipper Abu Ogogo after Shrewsbury beat Walsall 2-0 to stay in the top two in League One.
David Flitcroft rued another missed opportunity as League Two automatic-promotion hopefuls Mansfield let a lead slip at home for the third game in a row.
Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray believes Adam Armstrong is better than League One standard after the on-loan forward netted twice in the 3-0 win over Blackpool.