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Spotland Stadium (ATT 1,605) 21st December 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: M Naylor

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Rochdale 4

B Grant (38)
A Grimes (45+2, 67)
D Adebola (69)

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Cheltenhm 1

P Edwards (og 48)

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Grant: Major doubt

Grant: Major doubt

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

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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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Burton Albion 45 91
2 Shrewsbury Town 45 89
3 Southend United 45 84
4 Bury 45 82
5 Wycombe Wanderers 45 81
6 Stevenage 45 72
7 Plymouth Argyle 45 68
8 Luton Town 45 65
9 Newport County AFC 45 65
10 Northampton Town 45 61
11 Exeter City 45 61
12 Morecambe 45 60
13 Dagenham & Redbridge 45 59
14 Oxford United 45 58
15 AFC Wimbledon 45 57
16 Portsmouth 45 56
17 Accrington Stanley 45 53
18 Cambridge United 45 51
19 York City 45 51
20 Carlisle United 45 49
21 Mansfield Town 45 48
22 Hartlepool United 45 44
23 Cheltenham Town 45 40
24 Tranmere Rovers 45 39