Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels will not have Spanish target Borja Perez signed in time for the Clydesdale Bank Premier league trip to Inverness.
The 30-year-old former Real Madrid youth player featured in James Fowler's testimonial game against Sheffield Wednesday in midweek but Shiels says talks with the striker are still ongoing.
Striker Paul Heffernan (broken collarbone) and defender Garry Hay (knee) are still out but defender Alex Pursehouse has recovered from a knock.
Shiels backs the way Terry Butcher uses geography to gee up his Inverness side.
The Rugby Park men make the long trip to the Highlands, a journey that few teams in the central belt enjoy.
Caley are aware of the gripes and last year, after a defeat at Ibrox, Butcher said: "We do feel that we are not wanted in the SPL because we are up there, out of the way," and the former Motherwell manager has since said that the promotion of Highland rivals Ross County to the SPL, "would certainly get up the noses of people in the central belt".
Shiels believes his Inverness counterpart has to use everything at his disposal to get as much as possible from his team.
"Inverness have great spirit and the players are committed to their manager," the Northern Irishman said. "We know it is going to be a tough game and they have motivational tools, like saying `the central belt doesn't like us and they don't want us to be in the league'.
"I agree with him, I am not being critical, I am saying that is great that he does that and so he should. He wouldn't be doing his job if he didn't. It is never an easy place to go, everybody keeps saying that. They get into you and make life difficult. They are good games against Inverness and hopefully we will get a good crowd on Saturday."
Butcher has the same squad available to him as he did for last weekend's curtain-raiser.
Butcher saw his side concede an injury-time equaliser at St Mirren on the opening day of the new season but will be buoyed by the fact he has an almost fully-fit squad to chose from.
Only midfielder Richie Foran (suspended) and long term injury absentee Chris Hogg (knee) are unavailable for selection.