Double boost for Dunfermline as they target return to top spot
Dunfermline pair Ryan Wallace and Mickael Antoine-Curier both return to contention for the home game against bottom club Brechin.
But boss Allan Johnston will be without the suspended Andy Geggan, plus Callum Fordyce and Ryan Williamson (both broken leg) as his side bids to return to the top of the table.
Johnston said: "With Ayr United not playing we have the chance to jump over them and it's nice piece of extra motivation.
"It will not be easy as Brechin have the personnel to cause teams problems.
"We beat them earlier this season, however they have changed their team around since then so we have a lot of work to do to win."
Brechin's resources are stretched as Willie Dyer and Craig Molly are suspended and Ross Perry is out with a knee injury sustained in last Saturday's Scottish Cup defeat to Airdrie.
Dene Shields has recovered from a knee problem, but a lack of recent game-time will see the striker return to the bench.
Player/manager Darren Dods said: "Players who have been on the fringes have a great opportunity to claim a regular starting place by doing well in this game.
"It will be tough and we are going there as massive underdogs, however that will allow us to play without pressure. Hopefully that will lead to a good performance."