The stylish defender has been sidelined since damaging his hamstring in the Premiership draw at Chelsea in January.
He will join forces with Chris Perry - his third reserve outing after a neck problem - and Alton Thewell in a central three in our first home reserve game for over a month.
Kazuyuki Toda starts in midfield alongside Mark Yeates, who scored a hat-trick for the Under-19s on Saturday.
Squad: Burch, Marney, Galbraith, Perry, Thelwell, Gardner, Toda, Bowditch, Ricketts, Yeates, Slabber. Subs: Foster, Black, Malcolm, Barnett, Eyre.
Anthony Gardner returns to action in tonight's FA Premier Reserve League clash against Ipswich Town at Stevenage Borough FC (7pm).