Manager Gary Rowett could make changes for the third round FA Cup tie against AFC Bournemouth after a busy but productive festive period.
Goalkeeper Dean Lyness who has kept seven clean sheets in his last 10 appearances for the Brewers is struggling with a groin problem, on loan goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist could be in line for his first start in professional football.
One man who will miss the trip to Dorset is Shane Cansdell-Sherriff, the centre-back who renewed his loan until the end of the season suffered a fractured cheek bone in the 0-0 draw with Mansfield on New Year’s Day.
One of Zander Diamond or Marcus Holness could come in as his replacement.
Damien McCrory and midfielder Robbie Weir will be assessed ahead of the game as they continue to nurse hamstring and knee injuries respectively.
The Dorset side currently lie in 16th place in the Sky Bet Championship after 24 games and Eddie Howe’s side come into the FA Cup tie on the back of a 1-1 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion.
Regulars Matt Ritchie, Elliott Ward and Andrew Surman are all likely to be rested by the Cherries for the third round tie.
The Cherries are currently unbeaten in four league games.
The two sides have met on three occasions with the latest meeting between the sides taking place in 2010 when AFC Bournemouth where in League 2.
The Cherries ran out 2-0 winners at the Pirelli Stadium, winger Jimmy Phillips was an unused substitute for the match.
The last meeting between the sides at the Goldsands Stadium saw AFC Bournemouth narrowly overcome the Brewers 1-0.
Albion have met AFC Bournemouth once in the FA Cup, the match in 1956 ended 8-0 to the Cherries.
“What we can do is go there and try and enjoy it without worrying too much about the pressure of the game.
“I think often that is when you find that you play better, it is another difficult journey away from home and I think we’ll have to make some changes and get some fresh legs in there and let the players go out there and enjoy it.
“There is no pressure other than we want to try and win the game again.
“Obviously we’ll be underdogs and we’ll give it our best.”
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