The right-back limped out of Tuesday’s goalless draw against Derby after sustaining an ankle injury during the second half.
However, Irvine hopes to have Jones available as North End seek to end a dismal seven-match winless streak in the Championship.
Eddie Nolan replaced Jones against the Rams and will come into contention for a starting role if the former Crewe man is ruled out.
French centre-back Youl Mawene remains sidelined until the new year after damaging knee ligaments in the recent home defeat against Newcastle.
Midfielder Barry Nicholson is also out until 2010 as he recovers from a broken leg.