• Sky Bet League 2
  • 21 Dec 2012
  • KO 19:45
  • Ground: Spotland Stadium
Home team Score Away team

Rochdale

4-1

Cheltenham Town

Bobby Grant 38
Ashley Grimes 45+2, 67
Dele Adebola 69
Phil Edwards 48 (og)

Rochdale v Cheltenham preview

Thursday 20th December 2012 15:09

Grant: Major doubt

Grant: Major doubt

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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.