The midfielder serves a one-match ban after collecting his fifth yellow card of the season at Bolton last weekend, so Bradley Pritchard is likely to be recalled.
Striker Ricardo Fuller is hoping to return over Christmas after a hamstring injury but the trip to Hillsborough may just come too soon.
Rhoys Wiggins remains on the sidelines with a foot injury and fellow full-back Cedric Evina is recovering from a knee operation.
Midfielder Andy Hughes is still some way from returning from an Achilles problem and young striker Ade Azeez has a hamstring injury.
The Addicks' seven-game unbeaten run came to an end with the 2-0 defeat at Bolton.