Sons waiting on Mptata
Dumbarton will include new signing Arlan Mptata against East Fife if international clearance comes through in time.
The 19-year-old French winger will look to boost a depleted Sons squad who are looking for a seventh successive victory over the Fifers.
James Creaney (suspension), Marc Lamont (knee) and on-loan Hamilton youngster Ryan Finnie (Scotland Under-17 duty) all miss out while Bryan Prunty is struggling with a virus.
Manager Alan Adamson said: "We could be a bit short of numbers so I will need to shuffle the pack a bit.
"We still need a few wins to be sure of a play-off place and while we have a good record over East Fife that will count for nothing once the first whistle goes."
East Fife have defender John Ovenstone and striker Paul McQuade available again after injury as they look to set themselves up for a late assault on a play-off place.
Stevie Campbell and Craig Johnstone have been ruled out, however, while David Muir is struggling with a back injury and the experienced Stevie Hislop (virus) is a doubt.
Newly-appointed manager Gordon Durie said: "Dumbarton have been a bogey team for us but we are looking to put that right in this game.
"Training this week has been good and we will be going all out to win the three points and get ourselves right back into the hunt."M