Halford has missed the last two matches through suspension after collecting his 10th yellow card of the season.
The defender's inclusion is expected to be the only change to manager Billy Davies' squad.
That means Billy Sharp (chest infection) and Darius Henderson (knee) will remain on the sidelines, leaving Dexter Blackstock and Simon Cox as the only available strikers.
Davies, who this week said he would like to bolster his attacking options, may make changes to his starting line-up after seeing Forest labour to a late 1-0 home win over nine-man Ipswich on Tuesday night.
On-loan Chelsea full-back Sam Hutchinson, who made his long-awaited return from a knee injury as a substitute against the Tractor Boys, fellow defender Jamaal Lascelles and midfielders Guy Moussi, Lewis McGugan, Jonathan Greening and Stephen McLaughlin are options for the Scot.
Davies thinks on-loan Norwich centre-half Daniel Ayala (hamstring) is around a week away from a return, while defender Dan Harding (calf) and Kuwaiti goalkeeper Khaled Al Rashidi (back) are also making good progress.