Leaders braced for Morecambe test

Date published: Sunday 27th December 2009 3:51

Higginbotham was introduced as a second-half substitute against Crewe on Boxing Day and scored Dale’s second goal in an entertaining 2-2 draw at Gresty Road.

The 20-year-old winger will now hope to be rewarded with a starting berth against the Shrimps at Spotland, with Joe Thompson the most likely to make way.

Gary Jones was named among the substitutes on Saturday after recovering from a hamstring injury and could be included in the starting XI this time around.

Goalkeeper Tom Heaton is set to make his final appearance for the club before his initial loan from Manchester United expires.

Adam Rundle is available again following his return from a loan spell at Rotherham, although the winger was not included in the matchday 18 against Crewe.

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