Rochdale v Cheltenham preview

Team news ahead of Friday night's League Two clash between Rochdale and Cheltenham at Spotland Stadium.

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Grant: Major doubt

Grant: Major doubt

Bobby Grant is a major doubt as Rochdale prepare to host Cheltenham.

Grant was ruled out of last weekend's 4-2 defeat at Aldershot with a shoulder problem and remains a concern for under-fire boss John Coleman.

Fellow forward Terry Gornell is also unavailable as he serves the second game of a three-match ban following his sending off in the 3-2 loss to Exeter.

Dale have shipped 13 goals in four consecutive defeats, including three before half-time in each of their last three matches and Coleman may look to reshuffle his backline.

Ryan Edwards is pushing for a start having replaces Rhys Bennett at half-time against Aldershot, while Joe Rafferty could also come into the reckoning.

Midfielder Reece Gray is continuing his rehabilitation from a serious leg injury but will not feature until the new year.

Cheltenham boss Mark Yates will monitor Russell Penn.

The Robins midfielder used painkillers to get through their clash with Port Vale last week after being on the receiving end of a heavy challenge in the derby with Hereford and is rated 50/50 and Yates could decide to rest the former Burton man.

Striker Kaid Mohamed missed out on the draw with Micky Adams' men after picking up a kick and a number of knocks to his ankle but is expected to return to action as Yates celebrates his third year in charge of the Robins.

Cheltenham are on a five-game unbeaten run ahead of the trip to Spotland to face an out-of-sorts Rochdale side before back to back home games against Wycombe and then Bristol Rovers.

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League Two Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Newport  
Accrington v Mansfield  
Bury v Plymouth  
Cheltenham v Fleetwood  
Chesterfld v Exeter  
Morecambe v Scunthorpe  
Oxford Utd v York City  
Rochdale v Southend  
Torquay v Dag + Red  
Wycombe v Northamptn  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 42 25 76
2 Rochdale 42 22 75
3 Chesterfld 42 27 74
4 Fleetwood 42 13 69
5 Burton Alb 42 5 68
6 Southend 42 12 62
7 Oxford Utd 42 8 62
8 York City 42 8 61
9 Plymouth 42 -2 58
10 Mansfield 42 -6 56
11 Bury 42 5 54
12 Dag + Red 42 -4 54
13 Newport 42 -3 53
14 AFC W'don 42 -5 52
15 Cheltenham 42 -8 52
16 Portsmouth 42 -12 51
17 Accrington 42 -3 50
18 Hartlepool 42 -2 49
19 Morecambe 42 -14 49
20 Exeter 42 -6 48
21 Bristol R 42 -9 47
22 Wycombe 42 -9 46
23 Northamptn 42 -19 46
24 Torquay 42 -23 39

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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