Recently-appointed Dumbarton boss Ian Murray will be without at least four players as he takes charge for the first time in the home William Hill Scottish Cup tie against Hamilton Academicals.
Goalkeeper Stephen Grindlay is back from suspension, but Kevin Nicol and Pat Walker are still out due to groin and ankle injuries respectively.
Murray is unable to call on youngsters Josh Horne and Gary McKell due to knocks, while full-back James Creaney is a major injury doubt.
Murray said: ``I watched the Dunfermline game last Saturday, but that was a difficult one to judge the boys in as we were away against a side challenging for promotion.
``A home game against a side closer to us in the league will give me a clearer indication of what the strength of my squad is.''
Hamilton trio Jonathan Page, Gary Fisher and Stevie May have all been denied permission to play by their parent clubs.
The New Douglas Park side are also going to be without injured players Stephen Hendrie, Ciaran Millar and Jon McShane, but there is some good news for manager Billy Reid as Jonathan Routledge and Louis Longridge are both fit and back in contention.
Reid said: ``Dumbarton will be looking for a lift from the new manager going in so we have to be mindful of that.
``We have been a better side defensively recently, but this is a cup-tie and to win it we need to show a bit more up front.''