Partick Thistle boss Alan Archibald will send his team to Tannadice on Saturday without suspended duo Stephen O'Donnell and Gary Fraser.
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On-loan Bolton midfielder Fraser has been handed a seven-match Scottish Premiership ban for kicking Dunfermline's Chris Kane on the head and body while he was on the ground during a Under-20s match, while O'Donnell was dismissed last time out against St Mirren after picking up two bookings.
Sean Welsh, meanwhile, is struggling ahead of the trip to Tayside with a groin injury and may also miss out.
Dundee United defender Gavin Gunning hopes to shrug off a knee injury in time to play after sitting out training on Thursday.
Manager Jackie McNamara said: "Gavin didn't train but hopefully he'll be all right for the Partick game."
Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong are both fit after being away on Scotland international duty.
Dundee United (from): Cierzniak, Wilson, Robertson, Souttar, Gunning, Gauld, Gomis, Rankin, Mackay-Steven, Paton, Graham, Ciftci, Dow, Armstrong, Goodwillie, McCallum, Butcher, Dillon, Watson.
Partick (from): Fox, Gabriel, Muirhead, Sinclair, Craigen, Elliott, Osbourne, Higginbotham, Baird, Welsh, Bannigan, Doolan, Forbes, Mukendi, Gallacher, McMillan, Kerr, Lawless.