He will need to borrow a team, one which is basic likka 'umans
In that case, if we do end up having an odd number of players then two of the beginners (Phil, Tango or yourself) could play a supervised match overseen by one of the more experienced players who would train you both up for the upcoming weeks.
Speaking of which you've got a training match against Comstar tonight haven't you? Looking at the time it might even be ongoing. Do let us know how it went and how comfortable you feel with the rules afterwards.