Ian Sharps and Shane Cansdell-Sherriff are unlikely to return for Shrewsbury.
The central defensive partners, who sustained respective calf and hamstring injuries in last weekend’s victory at Port Vale, missed Tuesday’s 3-1 Carling Cup defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates, where Town took the lead.
Skipper Sharps is making good progress with his recovery but the game is set to come too soon, while Cansdell-Sherriff faces another couple of weeks out.
Manager Graham Turner faces a welcome selection dilemma in attack as Terry Gornell returns from his three-match suspension and will push James Collins all the way for a starting berth after his opener threatened a major upset against the Gunners.
Otherwise, there are not expected to be too many, if any, changes to Town’s XI as they come up against a Gulls side who dumped them out in the semi-finals of the play-offs last season.
Lloyd Macklin and Daniel Leadbitter are pushing for a starting place in Martin Ling’s Torquay side.
Macklin has been struggling with a calf problem for two weeks, but has now made a full recovery and scored a stunning goal for the club’s reserves against Bournemouth in midweek.
Ling was at Dean Court to see the strike – a classy finish at the end of a blistering 60-yard run – and will no doubt take the winger’s impressive performance into consideration when selecting his Gulls side this weekend.
Defender Leadbitter has yet to make his debut for his new club since joining from Newcastle in the summer, but came through 90 minutes of the same second-string clash unscathed and may feature.
Otherwise, Ling has a fully-fit squad to choose from.