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Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Accrington Stanley and Rochdale at the Crown Ground.

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Grant: Suspended for Stanley tie

Grant: Suspended for Stanley tie

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Accrington manager Paul Cook has no new injury problems.

Coleman managed Stanley for 13 seasons before leaving to take the reins at Spotland in January, clearing the way for Cook to take charge having previously worked under the outgoing boss.

James Gray is back in contention following illness and the forward could contest a place on the substitutes' bench.

Defender Michael Liddle must serve the final game of a three-match suspension for his sending off against Chesterfield, while midfielder Charlie Barnett remains out with an ankle problem.

Danny Schofield comes back into Cook's plans. The Rotherham loanee would have missed out on midweek action against his parent club before heavy downpours ahead of kick-off lead to the match being postponed.

Rochdale winger Bobby Grant will miss out on the trip to face his former club.

Grant, who started his career at the Crown Ground and returned on loan from Scunthorpe last year, was sent off for a rash challenge in Tuesday night's goalless draw with Bradford and begins a three-match ban.

The game is sure to be a poignant ocassion for Dale boss John Coleman, who managed Accrington for 13 seasons before moving to Spotland along with long-serving assistant Jimmy Bell in January.

Captain Peter Cavanagh remains a doubt as he attempts to overcome a nagging calf problem.

Kevin McIntyre - another former Stanley man along with Cavanagh - returned from suspension in midweek and is expected to keep his place in midfield.

Goalkeeper Matt Edwards (wrist), and academy youngsters Reece Gray (broken leg) and Luke Watson (knee) remain long-term absentees.

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League Two Fixtures

Saturday, 25 October 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Tranmere  
Cambridge Utd v Hartlepool  
Carlisle v Oxford Utd  
Luton v Northamptn  
Newport v Accrington  
Plymouth v Cheltenhm  
Shrewsbury v Portsmth  
Southend v Bury  
Stevenage v Burton Alb  
Wycombe v Dag + Red  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wycombe 14 10 28
2 Burton Alb 14 2 28
3 Luton 14 7 27
4 Bury 14 7 26
5 Shrewsbury 14 11 24
6 Plymouth 14 6 23
7 Morecambe 14 4 23
8 Newport 14 4 22
9 Cheltenhm 14 1 22
10 Southend 14 1 21
11 Portsmth 14 0 20
12 AFC W'don 14 -1 19
13 Exeter 14 -2 19
14 Accrington 14 -4 19
15 Cambridge Utd 14 7 18
16 Northamptn 14 1 18
17 Mansfield 14 -4 18
18 Stevenage 14 -4 17
19 Oxford Utd 14 -3 16
20 Dag + Red 14 -7 14
21 Carlisle 14 -8 12
22 York City 14 -7 11
23 Hartlepool 14 -14 11
24 Tranmere 14 -7 10

Updated Wed, 22 Oct 2014

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