With midfielder Glen Kamara expected to be missing for Dundee this weekend, Kharl Madianga is expected to get his first chance from the start against Dunfermline.
The Dark Blues host the Pars in Betfred Cup Group D on Sunday with Finnish international Kamara a big doubt after a training-ground clash left him with a protective boot on his foot.
The club are hoping the damage is minimal and the use of the boot is purely a precaution.
However, it’s unlikely he’ll be risked for the weekend game with Allan Johnston’s side.
That means French midfielder Madianga is in line for a first competitive start since signing for the club over the summer.
The former French U/17 international joined the club from Bulgarian side Lokomotiv GO – the same side Sofien Moussa was signed from.
He made his competitive debut for the Dark Blues last weekend in the 4-0 victory at Stirling Albion, coming off the bench for fellow-new boy Elton Ngwatala.
And manager Neil McCann said after that game Madianga was one Dundee fans should look forward to seeing in action.
“Kharl came on and showed glimpses as well, he’s a fantastic player so in the midfield I think we have some real exciting talent in there,” the Dens gaffer said.
Also missing at the moment for Dundee is winger Roarie Deacon.
He’s continuing his recovery from ankle surgery and is expected to be out for a while yet.
Club skipper Darren O’Dea missed the win at Stirling last week, and two friendlies in Portugal the previous week, with a groin problem.