Brian Little said: "He's just the sort of player we need and he's a talker and organiser. We have lacked that sometimes this season and he not frightened to get stuck in."
Nicky Mohan is also expected to be left out of the side with Justin Whittle now available following a one-match ban. Mike Edwards, however, is still suspended, while Matt Bloomer has gone down with flu.
Paul Musselwhite will continue in goal as former Carlisle 'keeper Matt Glennon hasn't fully recovered from a thigh strain.
Brian Little is expected to return to 4-4-2, with either Lawrie Dudfield or Rodney Rowe coming into the side to partner Gary Alexander.
Expected line-up (4-4-2): Musselwhite; Petty, Whittle, Goodison, Van Blerk; Matthews, Johnsson, Sneekes, Beresford; Alexander, Dudfield.
Subs from: Glennon, Mohan, Holt, Greaves, Williams, Rowe.
The game is going out live on ITV Sport Channel, providing that the pitch is fit following icy weather. An inspection will take place at 2pm.