Goalkeeping coach Kevin Poole is set for his full Burton debut at the age of 46 - four years after his last league start - in place of Artur Krysiak.
The suspended Krysiak is one of 11 players unavailable.
Torquay manager Paul Buckle told BBC Radio Devon:
"Burton have been going well in the league having brought in a lot of players over the summer and it's going to be a tough game.
"Everyone's fighting for a place. I feel that, although we've lost our last two league games, our performance levels have been very high.
"To see that we're eighth in the form guide gives a clear indication that we're going in the right direction."
Source: BBC Sport