Ball, on loan from Derby, has damaged ankle ligaments and joins fellow striker Ronan Murray, who will complete a three-match suspension against the Sky Blues, on the sidelines. However, Magpies manager Shaun Derry this week completed the signing of James Spencer and he bolsters his options up front.
Left-back Gareth Roberts and midfielder Hayden Mullins made their debuts during the 2-0 defeat to Preston last weekend. Mullins, on loan from Birmingham, came on as a substitute at Deepdale and will hope to be involved from the start on Saturday.
Bartosz Bialkowsk missed out against North End through illness and will replace goalkeeping coach Kevin Pilkington between the posts now he has recovered.