The veteran QPR midfielder has linked up with his old Loftus Road boss Gary Waddock on a month's loan.
Defender Lewis Hunt was unavailable for the midweek FA Cup defeat at Brighton due to illness and he is rated as 50/50 this time around.
Striker John Akinde is struggling with an ankle injury and will also be checked over.
Forward Stuart Beavon made his return from a groin injury as a substitute at the Withdean and is available once again but Leon Johnson (groin) continues to miss out.
Left-back Craig Woodman should retain the captain's armband after Michael Duberry was axed following the recent 6-0 defeat at Huddersfield.