The defender serves the second match of his three-game ban while Dean Leacock is not quite ready to return from a hamstring problem.
Krystian Pearce has not featured for the Magpies since returning from a loan spell at Barnet but is an option to Curle at the back.
The Magpies have struggled to close games out in recent weeks and slipped down to 10th on Boxing Day after drawing their fourth successive away game at Shrewsbury.
It was their fifth draw in seven in total but midfielder Alan Judge says County are not on the slide.
"I want to win every game and so does everyone else," he told the Nottingham Post. "We've been in good positions in a couple of those games so it's frustrating we've not won them.
"But if you look at it, we're still only three points off the play-offs so I'm pretty confident and I'm looking forward."