The midfielder has missed the last three matches with an ankle injury but is facing a race against time to be available for the clash at the Reebok Stadium.
Fellow American Will Packwood missed the 2-1 Boxing Day win at Barnsley due to illness and the defender will also be assessed.
Otherwise, manager Lee Clark does not expect any further players to return to the fold in time for the encounter as Blues aim for back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
That means strikers Marlon King (knee), Peter Lovenkrands (calf) and Akwasi Asante (hamstring), midfielders Papa Bouba Diop (hamstring) and Darren Ambrose (knee) as well as defenders Paul Caddis (hamstring), David Murphy and Stephen Carr all remain absent.
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