Burton boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says the selection problems he faces are "a good headache".
Last season's League Two champions won their first game of the new season 2-1 at home to Scunthorpe on Saturday.
"There is a headache but it's a good headache, that's what we want, we want the competition," the former Chelsea striker told BBC Radio Derby.
"We need a strong squad, it's going to be a long season and we will need players competing for places."
Burton have a largely clean bill of health for their next league game, at Barnsley on Saturday, with Kelvin Maynard their only new absentee.
"There are a few knocks but when you play those matches that is normal," he said.
"We are OK, the only one we have lost is Kelvin Maynard, Liam Slade is coming back and training, Aurelien Joachim is getting fitter so yeah so far so good.
"Zeli Ismail is not ready yet, he's at Wolves getting treatment, he's got a little knee problem. He'll be back in the next few days hopefully but I don't think that he will make it for Barnsley."
The Tykes needed penalties to beat Scunthorpe in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday but Hasselbaink said he was not counting on that affecting their opponents.
"We can't be thinking about that," he said. "We have to make our game plan and make sure that we are right from minute one and give them a good game and turn up and play our game and then we'll see.
"They're a good footballing side and they've invested in their side. It's going to be another one that you have to make sure you're right and make sure you're ready, and that we approach the game in the right way."