However, Captain Kevin Morgan has boosted the Gwent region after recovering from a hamstring problem to take his place in the side.
The Dragons will be looking to erase last season's shock loss to Overmach Parma when the face the Italian outfit tomorrow.
Coach Paul Turner commented, "We are limping to the finish line of the season, but we believe we can make next season's Heineken Cup.
"I think we are in better shape that last year when we lost our play-off with Overmach Parma, but we need to go out and prove that now."
Dragons: Kevin Morgan (Capt); Gareth Wyatt, Paul Emerick, Gareth Maule, Martin Thomas; Ceri Sweeney, Alex Walker; Adam Black, Steve Jones, Lee Harrison, Ian Gough, Luke Charteris, Joe Bearman, Jamie Ringer, Michael Owen
Replacements: Ben Daly, Jamie Corsi, Andrew Hall, Dan Lydiate, Phil Dollman, Aled Thomas, Gareth Baber