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Curran: Suspended for Shrimps clash

Curran: Suspended for Shrimps clash

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Rochdale will be without suspended forward Craig Curran.

Curran received a red card for a rash challenge on Bury goalkeeper Trevor Carson in the closing stages of Tuesday night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy penalty shoot-out defeat and serves the first game of a three-match ban.

His absence will be offset by Bobby Grant's return from a similar lay-off enforced by his dismissal in the goalless draw against Bradford.

Dale skipper Peter Cavanagh made his first start for a month in midweek after struggling with a calf injury and suffered no ill-effects.

Fellow midfielder Ray Putterill is a doubt to face the Shrimps though, having sustained a suspected groin strain.

Youngsters Reece Gray (broken leg) and Luke Watson (knee) remain long-term absentees alongside goalkeeper Matt Edwards (wrist).

Morecambe will give goalkeeper Barry Roche every chance to return.

Roche has missed the Shrimps' last two matches and faces a late fitness test on an adductor problem, with Andreas Arestidou ready to deputise once more.

On-loan Wigan full-back Jordan Mustoe is set for a league debut having opened the scoring in Tuesday night's 4-2 Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat to Preston and could line up in a defence featuring fit-again Will Haining.

Midfielder Andrew Wright and forward Kevin Ellison offer a timely boost to boss Jim Bentley having served one and three-match suspensions respectively.

Robbie Threlfall is still out with a thigh problem and the full-back joins long-term victim Danny Carlton (knee) on the sidelines.

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League Two Fixtures

Saturday, 20 September 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Morecambe  
Bury v Burton Alb  
Cambridge Utd v Luton Town  
Cheltenham v Dag + Red  
Mansfield v Carlisle  
Northamptn v Accrington  
Oxford Utd v Stevenage  
Plymouth v Hartlepool  
Portsmouth v Wycombe  
Shrewsbury v Newport  

Sky Bet League 2

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

Updated Wed, 17 Sep 2014

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