The defender received a second yellow card in their Boxing Day defeat at Bradford and will serve a one-match ban.
Fellow defender Thomas Eckersley is expected to replace him alongside Peter Murphy at the back while Lee Molyneux could also revert to a more familiar position.
Player/coach James Beattie could drop to the bench after a hectic festive period. Fellow strikers Padraig Amond and Marcus Carver are both vying for a place in attack.
Paul Rachubka is also set to continue in goal after his red card against Plymouth last weekend was rescinded in time for him to face the Bantams.
Wednesday's result leaves Richardson's side without a win in their last eight matches in all competitions. They've also lost four of their last five.