Dons assistant Tony Docherty today insisted the loss of skipper Ryan Jack has been tempered by the addition of three players.
Midfielder Jack is out for six weeks having undergone knee surgery.
However, winger Jonny Hayes and attacker Peter Pawlett are both back in full training and will be in the squad to face Inverness at Pittodrie tomorrow.
Hayes has missed the last six games with a hamstring injury and Pawlett was ruled out of the 4-1 loss at Celtic with a groin strain.
Aberdeen also signed Norwich teen attacking midfielder James Maddison, 19, on loan until January on transfer deadline day.
Docherty reckons the Reds have emerged from the international break stronger than when they went in.
He said: “The omission of our captain Ryan Jack is a blow but it gives others an opportunity.
“Mark Reynolds is also suspended.
“However, on the positive side the international break has been good for us.
“We brought in James Maddison from Norwich and he has looked good in training.
“He is in the squad to play Inverness and once we get closer to kick-off will decide on the starting 11.
“We have good players and James looks to be a strong addition, so he will certainly be staking a claim.
“Jonny Hayes has resumed full training.
“Peter Pawlett is back full training as well so it is almost like bringing three players in.”
Aberdeen took just one point off Inverness in three league meetings last season.
Although they are bottom of the Premiership table Docherty is anticipating another testing game.
He said: “Inverness will be a tough opponent and we did not do well against them last season.”
Defender Mark Reynolds will miss the clash against the Highlanders as he serves a one match suspension having been sent off against Celtic.