Should Whitlow be ruled out, Richardson himself will line-up at the heart of the defence for the first time in almost two months, after completing his recovery from a knee operation taken in September.
The player/manager is also again without left-back Rob Ullathorne (groin), meaning he is likely to stick with the 3-5-2 formation he has utilised in his opening two games.
Long-term absentees Mike Edwards (cruciate) and Steve Scoffham (leg) remain out, but Shaun Harrad is available again after suspension.
Notts (probable): Deeney; Wilson, Baudet, Whitlow/Richardson; Pipe, Bolland, McFaul, Gill, Palmer; Gordon, Hurst.
Subs (from): Mildenhall, Friars, Richardson, Scully, O'Grady, Williams, Harrad.
Check back to NCM after tomorrow's encounter for a full match report.