Striker Craig Beattie could still play a part in the climax to Dundee’s season.
The former Scottish international scored four goals after joining up as a free agent in September but has been out since just before Christmas because of a knee problem.
Manager Paul Hartley, though, is hopeful he could return to action over the next few weeks.
“Craig’s been coming on and he was able to do the warm-up with us yesterday,” he said.
“If he continues to progress the way he has been, I think he definitely has a chance of coming back before the end of the season.
“With his experience that would be a boost, even if it was a case of using him from the bench.”
Nicky Riley and Iain Davidson, both of whom have returned from injury in the past couple of weeks, both got more game time as the second string went down to Alloa in a League Cup tie on Tuesday.
That’s left the gaffer believing they will be fit enough to be considered for starting places when league action resumes at Livingston on Saturday week.
Carlo Monti and Gary Irvine, who have picked up minor knocks, are expected to be fully fit for that trip.
Paul had considered trying to arrange a closed-door friendly for this weekend but a lack of suitable opposition makes that highly unlikely.