The midfielder sat out last weekend’s win at Middlesbrough due to a recurrence of a knee injury.
Winger Floyd Ayite is set to miss out again with a hamstring problem.
Tomas Kalas and Rui Fonte are pushing for recalls after dropping to the bench at Boro.
Burton were dealt an injury blow this week with the news that Will Miller will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury.
The forward suffered a detached kneecap in the defeat to QPR last weekend but, unlike long-term absentee Liam Boyce, he did not sustain any ligament damage.
Boyce is close to joining in with training following his knee injury and there is still a chance the club-record signing might be able to make his debut for Burton before the end of the season.
Newcastle have been linked with a shock move for former Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet during the summer.