The 24-year-old agreed an 18-month deal with North End on Tuesday, a day after his contract at Watford was cancelled by mutual consent.
Centre-half Luke Foster will return to contention after being cup-tied for the FA Cup defeat at Millwall and could be joined in Graham Westley's squad by fellow defender Bailey Wright (head) and wideman Lee Holmes (groin) after the duo displayed progress in recovering from their respective injuries.
John Mousinho is set for a lengthy spell out of action after tearing his hamstring in the early stages of Saturday's 1-0 defeat at The Den.
He joins Keith Keane (knee), fellow defender Scott Laird (broken leg) and forward Lee Trundle (hamstring) on the sidelines.
David Buchanan and Paul Huntington returned from injury to play at the weekend and are expected to feature once more.