McCarthy will hope defender Christophe Berra (thigh) and midfielder Nenad Milijas (foot) have recovered from injuries suffered in the win over Birmingham a fortnight ago.
Luck of the Irish: Kevin Doyle faces a late fitness test
But Matt Jarvis (knee), Kevin Doyle (thigh), Michael Mancienne(knee), David Jones (foot), Jody Craddock (hip) and Steven Mouyokolo(back) are doubts. Skipper Karl Henry is unlikely to have recoveredfrom a knee setback although he is making good progress.
Adlene Guedioura (broken leg) and Michael Kightly (knee) remain the long-term absentees.
Provisional squad:Hennessey, Zubar, Berra, Stearman, Elokobi, Foley, Edwards, Milijas,Hunt, Ward, Ebanks-Blake, Hahnemann, Fletcher, Mujangi-Bia, Jarvis,Doyle, Mancienne, Jones, Craddock, Mouyokolo, Ebanks-Landell, Winnall,Rooney, Doherty.
CLICK HERE FOR THE REST OF THE BOXING DAY PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM NEWS Explore more:People: Kevin Doyle, Matt Jarvis, Karl Henry, Mick McCarthy, Steven Mouyokolo, Nenad Milijas Places: Birmingham