Arbroath's new manager Allan Moore hopes to conclude deals with defenders Adam Hunter and Ross Fisher prior to their clash with Alloa.
The effervescent Gayfield boss is making a return to the game after being sacked by Morton last November and kick off cannot come quickly enough.
Moore said : "Saturdays have been days that have dragged by so far this year but they have a purpose now. I am delighted to be back, although I realise that we face a tough tie against a good Alloa side.
"In pre-season we have attacked well, however defensively we need to improve to win this game."
Alloa will be without new signing David Weatherston, who has picked up a calf injury.
Eddie Ferns also faces a fitness test to determine if he can feature. The Wasps have added midfielder Steven Hetherington and he will feature at Gayfield.
Manager Barry Smith has warned his men to be wary of their hosts, adding: "As we are in the higher league we will be favourites to win, however we cannot treat Arbroath lightly at all.
"Allan is a good manager and it is great that he is back in the game but we cannot stand back and let his players impress him at our expense."