Michael Townsend is suspended for Hereford but his loss could be countered by the timely return of Stefan Stam.
Defender Townsend saw red for a second bookable offence in last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Plymouth and now serves a one-match ban at Edgar Street.
But manager Jamie Pitman is hoping to be able to call upon Stam to fill the gap with the influential Dutchman back in the frame having recovered from a lengthy absence with a knee problem. Whether he is match-fit remains to be seen.
Full-back Ryan Green missed out at Home Park due to a stomach bug but returned to training this week and is in contention to face Vale.
And with midfielder Joe Colbeck making his comeback from injury against Argyle last weekend, Townsend looks set to be the Bulls’ only absentee.
Gareth Owen will hope to fill the centre-back void left by Liam Chilvers for Port Vale.
Chilvers played the final game of his three-month loan spell last weekend as Micky Adams’ side romped to a 4-0 victory over Aldershot at Vale Park.
Owen had been due to make his comeback from an Achilles tendon injury and hernia surgery in a reserve-team game on Tuesday but the match was postponed. The 29-year-old has not played since Vale were beaten 2-0 at home by Swindon on November 5.
With Chilvers back at Notts County, Owen appears to face a straight fight with Clayton McDonald for the right to partner John McCombe at the heart of the defence. In his favour could be the fact McDonald’s short-term deal runs out after the away game at Macclesfield on New Year’s Eve.
Marc Richards could also be pushing for a start. The striker has recently returned from a troublesome ankle injury, coming off the bench as a second-half substitute in the last two matches.
Midfielders Lewis Haldane (broken leg) and Ryan Burge (knee) and on-loan striker Andrew Little (knee) continue their rehabilitation from long-term injuries.