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Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro remains an injury doubt for Rochdale.

A hamstring injury has sidelined the striker in recent weeks and he will be assessed ahead of kick-off.

Boss John Coleman believes Akpa Akpro's absence leaves him light in attack and the former Accrington manager is on the lookout for reinforcements in the loan market.

"At times we've looked a goal threat but losing Jean-Louis hasn't helped," he told BBC Radio Manchester.

"I'm going to have to bring a loan player in. I've got a couple of irons in the fire."

Centre-back Kevin Amankwaah failed to recover from a groin problem in time to take part in the 1-0 midweek defeat to Notts County and will miss out again.

Sheffield Wednesday have no new injury or suspension worries.

Wednesday bounced back from three successive league defeats with a Steel City derby triumph last Sunday and although not enough to save Gary Megson his job, the result kept the Owls in touch with the top two.

Defender Reda Johnson has returned unscathed from midweek international duty with Benin, while striker Gary Madine and defender Miguel Llera are pushing for recalls after starting the last two matches on the bench.

Midfielder John Bostock, on loan from Tottenham, is also pushing for a first-team recall, but winger Jermaine Johnson remains sidelined with knee ligament damage, so Michail Antonio, who made his debut last weekend, is expected to continue.

The Owls lie third in the table, five points adrift of second place having played a game more than closest rivals Sheffield United and Huddersfield.

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