Gerrard was shown a red card for his lunge at Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie 10 minutes from the end of Saturday's 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park.
Alan Lee serves the second game of a three-match ban for violent conduct but fellow forwards Jermaine Beckford and Sean Scannell are both expected to start against the Seasiders.
Beckford was back in the starting XI for the first time in six games following a hamstring injury while Scannell returned to action against his former club Palace after also recovering from a hamstring complaint.
On-loan winger Adam Hammill is pressing for a start after replacing Oliver Norwood at half-time against the Eagles.
Midfielder Oscar Gobern remains a long-term absentee following ankle surgery as Simon Grayson's side chase their first league win in eight matches.