The defender missed the goalless draw at Watford with a bout of tonsilitis. If he does not recover in time, Reds boss Billy Davies will stick with Luke Chambers alongside Kelvin Wilson at the heart of the back four.
Radoslaw Majewski and Nathan Tyson provide options in midfield should Davies want to freshen things up, while strikers Dexter Blackstock and Robert Earnshaw will also be hoping for recalls.
Guy Moussi has missed the last six matches with an ankle problem and the French midfielder continues to struggle.
Forest will be looking to end 2009 on a high by extending their unbeaten league run to 16 matches.