Ronnie Moore's side remain top on goal difference from Brentford despite failing to win any of their last five games - drawing four.
Captain James Wallace remains missing in midfield and is targeting a Boxing Day return from his medial knee ligament injury, while forward Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (broken metatarsal) and winger Abdulai Bell-Baggie are sidelined until the new year.
On-loan Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson has returned to Teesside for treatment on an abductor injury, although veteran centre-back Ian Goodison is set to continue having made a timely return to the starting XI from knee surgery over the past month.
"In the four games he's played we haven't lost since he's been in the side," Moore told Press Association Sport.
"At 40 years of ages he's in the twilight of his career but has fantastic experience. He's been great for us because before Goody was in the side, with Ben playing alongside Ash Taylor, the average age was about 21 or 22.
"Now, with him being 40 and Robbo in there at 32 it brings the age of the team up a little bit."
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