Howe’s second-placed side picked up a 2-2 draw against fellow promotion hopefuls Notts County on Monday and is hopeful of naming the same XI for the clash at Blundell Park.
That means Joe Partington will again start on the bench following his return from a back injury, with Sammy Igoe also likely to start as a substitute.
Howe is confident of including skipper Steve Fletcher in his starting line-up despite his substitution with a slight knock after an hour last time out.
Saturday’s game will be Rhoys Wiggins’ final appearance as his loan from Norwich is due to expire. The club have already confirmed they do not plan to seek an extension.