The Cherries have been unable to sign any players due to a transfer embargo, but the Football League have given them the green light to make one signing due to a lengthy injury list.
The League Two leaders were only able to name three substitutes against Burton at the weekend and one of those was 16-year-old Jayden Stockley after he was given permission to be in the squad by his school.
Howe is working hard to add a new face ahead of the clash at Edgar Street with Mark Molesley (thigh) and Ryan Garry (illness) facing a race against time to be fit.
Marvin Bentley (broken hand) is definitely out, while Shaun Cooper (hip), Jeff Goulding (ankle) and Jo Partington (groin) are also unavailable.
Sammy Igoe (knee) has a 50-50 chance of being fit and although Steve Fletcher would not normally play two games in such a short space of time, the striker is expected to feature.