Craig Curran and Callum Booth will face fitness checks before Csaba Laszlo decides his line-up for Dundee United’s Betfred Cup trip to Elgin today.
Injury means the pair, regarded as among the most significant of the Tangerines’ summer signings, have hardly been seen in the games played so far.
Curran’s only public appearance to date was in the friendly at Brechin earlier this month and he’s been struggling to shake off a dead leg.
But Csaba remains hopeful he’ll be ready for next week’s Championship opener with Dunfermline.
And, if he’s fit enough to manage 45 minutes at Borough Briggs, it would be a major step in the right direction.
Booth, meanwhile, took a knock in the defeat at Ross County last week and that ruled him out of the home tie against Alloa.
While the former Partick Thistle full-back’s condition is not causing concern, United would like him to get another game under his belt before the league.
In line for debuts could be latest recruits Paul Watson and Yannik Loemba.
Watson, who arrived from Falkirk last week, is likely to partner Frederic Frans at the heart of the defence, while wide man Loemba is could be on the wing.
Having not played since the turn of the year, the 28-year-old is likely to need a few weeks to get his fitness up to scratch.
With qualification out reach for both, all that’s at stake today is avoiding the wooden spoon.
Csaba sees this as vital preparation for next week.
“Especially before the season begins, I say always this is the most important game for the confidence, just to win,” said Csaba.
“You do and you know you can score goals.”