Rochdale v Fleetwood preview

Team news ahead of Saturday's League Two clash between Rochdale and Fleetwood at Spotland.

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Curran: Available for selection

Curran: Available for selection

Rochdale welcome back forward Craig Curran from suspension.

Curran was given a straight red card in the closing stages of the penalty shoot-out defeat to rivals Bury in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy following a rash challenge on Shakers goalkeeper Trevor Carson, but the former Carlisle man has now served his three-game ban.

Midfielder Ray Putterill misses out once more for John Coleman's side and is still around three weeks away from action due to a groin injury.

Dale are set for a change of penalty takers following Bobby Grant's failure from the spot in the midweek defeat to Plymouth.

"It was a toss up between who would take the penalty between Bobby and Ashley Grimes and unfortunately I went for the wrong one," said Coleman.

Reece Gray (broken leg) and goalkeeper Matt Edwards (wrist) remain long-term absentees.

Curtis Obeng is available to make his Fleetwood debut.

Former Manchester City youngster Obeng joined the Cod Army on loan from Swansea this week and could feature in his favoured right-back slot after receiving international clearance.

Town boss Micky Mellon still has a host of injury doubts among his senior players.

Captain Jim McNulty (calf) is battling to return at centre-back, while experienced midfielder Damien Johnson (hamstring) is also in a race to be fit.

Defender Shaun Beeley (thigh) remains a doubt while forward Andy Mangan is still on the sidelines with a knee problem.

David Ball and Jon Parkin are battling for a place in the starting XI up-front, where Steve Gillespie has netted in each of his last two outings.

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League Two Fixtures

Monday, 21 April 2014
13:00
Bristol R v Rochdale
15:00
Dag + Red v Chesterfld
Exeter v Torquay
Fleetwood v Wycombe
Hartlepool v Morecambe
Mansfield v Cheltenham  
Newport v Burton Alb
Northamptn v Portsmouth
Plymouth v AFC W'don
Scunthorpe v Oxford Utd  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 43 25 77
2 Chesterfld 43 27 75
3 Rochdale 43 19 75
4 Fleetwood 43 14 72
5 Burton Alb 43 8 71
6 Southend 43 15 65
7 York City 43 9 64
8 Oxford Utd 43 7 62
9 Plymouth 43 -6 58
10 Bury 43 9 57
11 Dag + Red 43 -3 57
12 Mansfield 43 -6 57
13 Newport 43 -3 54
14 Portsmouth 43 -11 54
15 AFC W'don 43 -5 53
16 Cheltenham 43 -9 52
17 Accrington 43 -3 51
18 Morecambe 43 -14 50
19 Hartlepool 43 -5 49
20 Exeter 43 -6 49
21 Wycombe 43 -9 47
22 Bristol R 43 -10 47
23 Northamptn 43 -19 47
24 Torquay 43 -24 39

Updated Sat, 19 Apr 2014

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