The 22-year-old replaced MacDonald in the victory over Colchester having missed the previous two matches through injury and suspension and is likely to deputise against the Railwaymen.
Howe has other central midfield options including Joe Partington and Lorenzo Davids.
But this match comes too soon for Richard Hughes, who is back in training after suffering a hamstring injury back in October.
Miles Addison is definitely out with an ankle injury but Shwan Jalal is back in contention again after recovering from a thigh strain. Fellow goalkeeper Darryl Flahavan remains on the sidelines as does Stephen Purches while Charlie Sheringham continues to make progress.