Dundee could hand a debut to on-loan Nottingham Forest midfielder David Morgan when they host Morton in the William Hill Scottish Cup.
However, midfielder Gary Harkins is cup-tied following his recent move from Kilmarnock.
The hosts are still without Stephen O'Donnell, Davide Grassi, Carl Finnegan, Mark Kerr (all knee) and Jamie McCluskey (Achilles).
Manager Barry Smith hopes the clash can give his players a welcome break from the strain of league action.
The Dark Blues host First Division Morton at Dens Park on Sunday with a place in the quarter-finals up for grabs.
Smith's side sit 14 points adrift at the foot of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League following their midweek defeat by Hearts at Tynecastle and look certain to be relegated at the end of the season.
``But Smith is urging his players to take advantage of their cup weekend in a bid to kick-start their season.
``It's been difficult this season for obvious reasons but this is a wee break from the league,'' he said. ``The cup is always nice to look forward to and we're going into Sunday's game looking to try and get a run.
``We've found results hard to come by in the league but this is a one-off tie with a last-eight place going to the winners.
``We don't need any extra motivation than that so we'll definitely be ready for it. The lads are all excited about the prospect of this tie because we know what's at stake for the club.
``I won't need to say too much to them before the match. We want to get into the next round and believe we can do so if we play the way we know we can.''
First Division leaders Morton will be without recent signing Colin McMenamin against one of his former clubs.
The striker, who was signed last week from Ross County, is cup-tied and he will join broken leg victim Stephen Stirling and Archie Campbell, who has a groin problem, in missing out.
Manager Allan Moore reckons confidence could be key to settling this tie as he explained: ``We won at Dens Park twice last season and are back at the top of the table so we are looking forward to kick-off.
``Dundee may feel deflated after losing a late goal to Hearts in midweek and becoming 14 points adrift. If they do we have to capitalise.''