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Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote and in-form top goalscorer Demba Ba are away at the Africa Cup of Nations.
The hosts also have Peter Lovenkrands, Nile Ranger and Sammy Ameobi unavailable, so Leon Best and Shola Ameobi should lead the front line.
Mark Hughes has his biggest names missing, with Joey Barton still suspended and Adel Taarabt and Armand Traore on Cup of Nations duty.
Alejandro Faurlin (knee) is out for the rest of the season.(BBC Sport)