Winger Nicky Riley (knee) is Dundee's only injury absentee for the first of two cup ties against Forfar at Dens Park in the space of a week.
The Dark Blues had to be patient before securing a 1-0 league win over Alloa on Saturday courtesy of a last-gasp penalty and assistant manager Ray Farningham reckons the same approach may also be required against the Loons.
Farningham said: "Forfar have already shown this season by knocking Rangers out of the Scottish League Cup that they have good players. Their manager Dick Campbell will send them out to do the same to us.
"We may need a patient approach again."
Forfar boss Dick Campbell has plenty of defensive options as Iain Campbell and Mark McCulloch return from bans and Darren Dods is free to play despite his sending-off in the 2-0 defeat to Ayr at the weekend
Midfielder Gavin Malin misses out after he injured an ankle against the Honest Men and Keith Gibson's knee injury keeps him sidelined.
Campbell reckons his side have lost any element of surprise after beating Rangers earlier in the season as he explained: "With all the attention we received when we won that game people have sat up and taken notice of Forfar.
"That has made teams wary of us."