Crewe defender Matt Tootle will miss the trip to Lincoln after sustaining a hamstring injury.
Academy graduate Tootle suffered the setback in Tuesday night's Carling Cup defeat by Ipswich and is expected to be out for between two to four weeks.
Mat Mitchel-King - who replaced Tootle in midweek - and Danny Shelley will compete for the vacant right-back slot.
Last season's top scorer Calvin Zola still has a knee injury and is likely to remain sidelined, meaning Joel Grant will keep his place in the team.
Nick Powell could be added to the bench after a stint on international duty with England's Under-17s.