Aberdeen keeper Joe Lewis is set to make his comeback from long-term injury next week.
The 30-year-old is being lined up to play for the Dons Under-20s in the SPFL Development League fixture against St Mirren away on Monday.
Should he come through that latest step in his rehabilitation unscathed, Lewis will be in contention for the first game after the international break – at home to St Johnstone on Saturday, March 31.
Lewis has missed nine games since sustaining knee ligament damage in the 2-0 loss to Rangers at Ibrox in January.
The former England squad keeper underwent knee surgery.
However, this week he returned to full training with the Dons.
Newcastle United U20 World Cup-winning keeper Freddie Woodman is today set to start against Dundee at Pittodrie in the league.
Dons boss Derek McInnes said: “Joe has been doing brilliantly. He is back in training now and has trained for a couple of days now.
“All being well Joe may well get an U20s game next week against St Mirren.
“We will see how he does over the last couple of days training.
“It is great to have him back actively involved again.
“There is a chance he could be available after the international break.
“However, let’s see how he does over the next 10 to 12 days of training and then hopefully get a game in.
“I am sure if he can come through that then he would be there or thereabouts.”
McInnes had to react to Lewis’ injury by drafting in back-up during the transfer window. Woodman was secured in the final hours of deadline day and has started all seven matches since arriving at Pittodrie.
He was recently named in the England U21 squad for a friendly against Romania and Euro qualifier against Ukraine.
Woodman produced three spot-kick saves in the 3-2 penalty shoot-out win over Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup quarter-final replay.
He is set to retain his starting slot against Dundee later today.
The Dens Park outfit have lost five of their last six games and crashed 4-0 to St Johnstone at home in their previous match.
But McInnes is taking nothing for granted.
He said: “Dundee were missing a few players last week and I am sure there will be a response from them.
“Everybody can have a bad day but I think Dundee have a squad who will get themselves away from trouble.
“Like a lot of teams down there sometimes you can go through mini runs of getting results and then runs of not being able to find a result. That is why they are in that bottom end of the table.
“In the two games we have played them this season, although we have won them, they have been really tight.
“There is nothing to suggest it is going to be much different.”
Aberdeen have also suffered a slump in league form with just one point from the last nine possible secured.
McInnes hopes the dramatic win in the cup at Killie can re-invigorate the Premiership campaign.
He said: “You get a bounce through the cup games although any game you win is great.
“It was the result we were looking for in the cup and the players deserve so much credit.
“It is important that we try to use the cup as a catalyst to help us win the game against Dundee.”
McInnes has no fresh injury concerns for today’s match.
He said: “Everyone is fine although there were a couple of wee knocks from the replay.
“We are mindful that the players had 120 minutes on astro turf and there was a long journey as well.
“We have been liaising with the medical staff and players over the last few days but no one has missed training.
“Everyone is keen to go.
“When you get a positive result everyone is busting to play their part in the next game.”