The former Sunderland and Ipswich midfielder is available once again after sitting out the 3-1 home defeat by QPR and the midweek draw at Huddersfield through suspension following his 10th booking of the season.
Striker Kei Kamara will hope to be able to join him as he nurses a foot injury. Kamara took a kick to the foot during the QPR game and missed the trip to the John Smith's Stadium as a result, and he will be assessed before head coach Aitor Karanka makes a final decision.
However, central defender Jonathan Woodgate (calf) remains a doubt, while goalkeeper Tomas Mejias (dislocated finger), defenders Daniel Ayala (ankle), Rhys Williams (Achilles), Seb Hines (thigh) and Stuart Parnaby (knee), and frontman Muzzy Carayol (anterior cruciate ligament) are all out.
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