Captain back in the squad for weekend trip.
Brian missed the games against Bristol City and Wolves, but is now back in contention for a return against the improving Magpies.
He is joined in the squad by new arrival Alex Wynter, who signed on loan from Crystal Palace on Thursday afternoon ahead of the loan deadline.
The match has, however, come too soon for Sanchez Watt, who was absent from the dramatic game against Wolves on Tuesday night.
That second half performance will be one that boss Joe Dunne will want to see across a ninety minute period at Meadow Lane.
U's: Walker, Cousins, Olufemi, Wilson, Wynter, Sesay, Okuonghae, Eastman, Dickson, Eastmond, Bean, David Wright, Gilbey, Massey, Sears, Vose, Szmodics, Ibehre, Morrison