Bruce is without ineligible strike duo Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long so must now decide who to start in attack, with Sone Aluko, Matty Fryatt and Yannick Sagbo all vying for a place.
Tom Huddlestone is set to be fine to play after missing last weekend's win over Swansea with a back problem. Steve Harper will start in goal.
Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough is hoping to choose from a full-strength squad.
Defenders Bob Harris (thigh) and Matt Hill (hamstring), striker Jose Baxter (hip) and midfielder Stefan Scougall (thigh) have all shaken off their respective injuries in the last week and will be available for selection.
Youngsters Connor Dimaio, Otis Khan and Louis Reed were handed starts in the midweek win against Rotherham, but are likely to make way on Sunday after Clough rested several of his senior players.