Boro suffered a second successive defeat at the hands of Coventry on Boxing Day leaving them with just one win in their last seven.
Winger Filipe Morais returned against the Sky Blues after recovering from an ankle injury and is expected to retain his place.
But Luke Freeman, Greg Tansey and Patrick Agyemang all came off the bench in that fixture and come into contention.
Defender Jon Ashton, who has been sidelined since September with an Achilles injury, will miss out again.
Boro's recent run has seen Smith's side drop out of the top six for the first time this season, but they remain within two points of the play-off places.