The teenage winger suffered a recurrence of his thigh problem at Cardiff last Saturday and missed the midweek defeat by Leicester.
Midfielder Darren Ambrose could return to the starting line-up after a substitute appearance on Tuesday night following a hamstring injury.
Stern John has made two appearances from the bench since recovering from his dislocated elbow and will push for a start against his former club.
Fellow striker Calvin Andrew is still on the sidelines with a long-term knee injury.
Youngsters Kieron Cadogan and Nathanial Pinney and winger Ryan Smith scored for the reserves in midweek to push their claims for places in the squad.
Nottingham Forest take their five-match winning run to Palace without midweek match-winner Guy Moussi.
The French midfielder must serve a one-match ban after he received a second yellow card for his injury-time goal celebration in the 1-0 home victory over Barnsley.
His absence could pave the way for Poland international Radoslaw Majewski to return to the starting line-up.
Dexter Blackstock is out after he suffered medial knee ligament damage against the Tykes, while fellow forward Nathan Tyson is a doubt after he was forced off with an ankle injury on Tuesday night.
Full-back Joel Lynch could come back into the squad following a nasty bout of food poisoning and Robert Earnshaw (calf) is closing in on a return, however, this game looks like coming too soon for the striker.