The defender starts a two-match ban after picking up a 10th caution of the campaign during last weekend's 2-0 win away at Charlton.
Skipper Danny Collins is expected to come back into the side after being named as a substitute in all three games since Billy Davies took charge.
Fellow defenders Daniel Ayala and Sam Hutchinson have both returned to training following long-term injury problems.
Ayala has been out since January with a hamstring problem while full-back Hutchinson has been absent since September due to a knee injury.
The duo are unlikely to be involved this weekend, but their imminent return comes as a boost as the club battle to reach the play-offs.
Forest currently lie four points off sixth place and are unbeaten in the three games since Davies returned in the hotseat.