The striker was ineligible against Preston in the FA Cup having already played in the competition for former club Sheffield Wednesday.
Tudgay will challenge fit-again David McGoldrick and Robert Earnshaw for a place in the starting line-up.
Boss Billy Davies has plenty of attacking options, with Dele Adebola, Garath McCleary and Nathan Tyson also available for recalls.
Captain Paul McKenna and fellow midfielder Radoslaw Majewski are also in contention to return to the team.
Forest are unbeaten at the City Ground in 31 Championship matches and have lost just one game in all competitions since they were beaten in the reverse fixture at Fratton Park at the end of October.