Portsmouth are without Greg Halford for the Boxing Day clash with Millwall.
The on-loan Wolves defender sits out with a one-match ban after collecting five yellow cards this season.
But boss Steve Cotterill will finally welcome Carl Dickinson back into his side after a three-match suspension stretching back to November 13.
Dickinson will go straight back in at left-back with youngster Joel Ward switching to the right as Halford's replacement.
Cotterill's selection plans are disrupted further by the contract issues surrounding Michael Brown and Richard Hughes.
The midfield duo can make just one more appearance each before they trigger automatic extensions to their current deals which the club cannot afford, so at least one of them will miss out.