Whitbread has been brought in on loan from Leicester as Richard Keogh's red card in the defeat at Nottingham Forest on Saturday, which signalled the end of Nigel Clough's reign as manager, left Jake Buxton as the only recognised senior centre-back at the club.
Keogh will serve a one-match suspension while Shaun Barker and Mark O'Brien are still recovering from long-term knee injuries.
Academy manager Darren Wassall will take charge of first-team affairs following Clough's departure but he will also be without injured midfield trio Paul Coutts (dislocated kneecap), Jeff Hendrick (ankle) and James Bailey (knee) and goalkeeper Adam Legzdins (ankle).
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- Nigel Clough
- Richard Keogh
- Jake Buxton
- Shaun Barker