Luke Varney looks set to be unavailable for Burton Albion's final game before the international break as Sheffield Wednesday arrive at the Pirelli Stadium tomorrow (3pm).
The former Ipswich Town striker sustained a hamstring injury in training ahead of Tuesday's Carabao Cup win at Cardiff City and subsequently was ruled out of the squad for that clash.
Nigel Clough believes Varney - who missed the later stages of pre-season with a hamstring problem - is likely to miss out again this weekend after featuring in three of Burton’s first four league games of the campaign.
Those forward worries will have been eased by the arrival of Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Joe Mason joining on loan until January in midweek, while fellow loan signing Sean Scannell is another forward option that Clough could look to to complement incumbents Lucas Akins and Marvin Sordell.
Further downfield, defensive duo Stephen Warnock (ankle) and John Mousinho (hamstring) are both still doubts, as is midfielder Matty Lund (ankle), with Clough believing the Northern Ireland international has an 'outside chance' of being back in action despite being carried off the pitch on a stretcher in last Friday's 2-1 win over Birmingham City.
"We've got the usual few people that'll be out," said Clough following the win over Cardiff.
"Hope Akpan is suspended. We'll have to see how Stephen Warnock and John Mousinho are.
"Luke Varney wasn't involved at Cardiff - he did his hamstring in training on Monday, so he won't be involved.
"We'll patch them (the squad) up and get them out there before the break.
"Unfortunately a few who started at Cardiff will start again on Saturday - that's inevitable with the size of the squad.
"But when you have won, for those lads, it makes a difference, and even the subs.
"Lloyd Dyer was actually injured (for the Cardiff game), he couldn't come on - so we were down to three, and we were dreading extra-time.
"We didn't want to go to that, because there was only Shaun Barker to come on."