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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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League One Fixtures

Saturday, 25 October 2014
15:00
Barnsley v Bristol C  
Coventry v Peterboro  
Crewe v Sheff Utd  
Doncaster v MK Dons  
Gillingham v Crawley  
Oldham v Bradford  
Port Vale v Leyton Or  
Preston v Fleetwood  
Scunthrpe v Notts Co  
Swindon v Colchester  

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Bristol C 14 15 32
2 Peterboro 14 8 26
3 Preston 12 12 25
4 MK Dons 12 12 23
5 Notts Co 13 8 23
6 Sheff Utd 13 3 23
7 Swindon 12 10 22
8 Oldham 14 5 22
9 Rochdale 13 8 20
10 Chesterfld 13 3 19
11 Fleetwood 14 2 19
12 Bradford 14 0 19
13 Crawley 14 -10 17
14 Colchester 14 -1 16
15 Leyton Or 13 0 15
16 Barnsley 13 -2 15
17 Doncaster 12 -8 14
18 Port Vale 14 -6 13
19 Gillingham 14 -7 13
20 Coventry 14 -8 13
21 Yeovil 14 -11 13
22 Crewe 14 -18 13
23 Walsall 14 -4 12
24 Scunthrpe 14 -11 12

Updated Wed, 22 Oct 2014

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