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Spotland Stadium (ATT 2,071) 5th January 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: K Wright

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Edward: Returned to parent club Blackburn

Edward: Returned to parent club Blackburn

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

Rochdale boss John Coleman has a decision to make at centre-back.

Ryan Edward has returned to Blackburn at the end of his loan spell having started 25 of Dale's 26 league encounters this year and appeared as a substitute in the other.

Skipper Peter Cavanagh could slip back from midfield and into the heart of defence, while youngster Sam Minihan may come in from the cold having not featured this season.

Coleman would have more problems at the back if the yellow card amnesty had not come into effect before Joe Rafferty's fifth booking of the season in the 2-1 home defeat to Rotherham on New Year's Day.

Rafferty has been booked in each of his last four appearances.

Midfielder Reece Gray continues his rehabilitation from a broken leg.

Will Antwi returns to the AFC Wimbledon squad for the trip to Rochdale.

The defender missed the dramatic 3-2 New Year's Day win over Torquay through suspension after collecting five bookings.

Boss Neal Ardley must decide whether to restore Antwi to his back four or stick with Pim Balkestein and Mat Mitchel-King as his centre-half pairing.

Balkestein and Mitchel-King had not previously started a match together since August as both have struggled with injuries this season.

Full-back Jim Fenlon will be assessed after missing out at Torquay through illness while Luke Moore was restricted to a substitute role due to a bug so he could start.

Fellow strikers Charlie Strutton (knee) and Byron Harrison (back) are likely to miss out again.

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Table

Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Scunthorpe United 44 80
2 Chesterfield 44 78
3 Rochdale 44 78
4 Fleetwood Town 44 75
5 Burton Albion 44 72
6 Southend United 44 68
7 York City 44 67
8 Oxford United 44 62
9 Plymouth Argyle 44 58
10 Bury 44 57
11 Dagenham & Redbridge 44 57
12 Mansfield Town 44 57
13 Portsmouth 44 57
14 AFC Wimbledon 44 56
15 Newport County AFC 44 55
16 Cheltenham Town 44 55
17 Hartlepool United 44 52
18 Accrington Stanley 44 51
19 Morecambe 44 50
20 Exeter City 44 49
21 Wycombe Wanderers 44 47
22 Bristol Rovers 44 47
23 Northampton Town 44 47
24 Torquay United 44 42