Plymouth v Rochdale preview

Date published: Friday 23rd August 2013 3:05

The Pilgrims look set to be boosted by the return of defender Max Blanchard.

The Frenchman is yet to feature this season and has been away on compassionate leave for the last week or so but he looks likely to be involved against Keith Hill’s men.

Goalkeeper Jake Cole is also fit for the clash, leaving manager John Sheridan with a dilemma again with Luke McCormick having stepped in against the Robins last weekend.

Marving Morgan looks set to partner Reuben Reid up front once more while Paul Wotton remains sidelined with broken ribs.

Dale defender Rhys Bennett is closing in on his first start since in over five months.

The 21-year-old, sidelined with a knee injury, made his first appearance since March off the substitutes’ bench against Chesterfield last week and hopes to be included in the starting line-up.

Dale will be without suspended skipper Peter Cavanagh again as he sits out the second game of a three-match ban following his recent dismissal at Burton.

Andrew Tutte, recalled to midfield in Cavanagh’s absence, scored from the penalty spot last week and is hoping to retain his place and fellow midfielder Matty Done is pushing for his first start of the season.

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Plymouth v Rochdale preview

Date published: Friday 19th October 2012 10:25

Argyle boss Carl Fletcher is expected to name an unchanged side.

The Pilgrims recorded their biggest win of the season so far last weekend with a 4-1 win at Barnet and Fletcher will be reluctant to make too many changes.

Defender Maxime Blanchard returned against the Bees after recovering from concussion and is expected to retain his place having coming through the match unscathed.

Striker Guy Madjo was replaced at the interval in that fixture by Andres Gurrieri but should be named in the starting line-up.

Onismor Bhasera returns from international duty but Warren Feeney and Ross Jenkins both face late checks on groin injuries respectively.

Argyle could record back-to-back league victories for the first time this season.

Rochdale midfielder Ray Putterill remains an injury doubt.

Putterill sustained a groin problem during the penalty shoot-out loss to local rivals Bury in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy last midweek.

The complaint ruled the former Accrington man out of the clash with Morecambe at Spotland last weekend and is still causing concern ahead of the lengthy journey.

Craig Curran serves the second game of a three-match ban for his red card against Bury but forward Bobby Grant is back in the fold following a suspension of his own.

Youngster Luke Watson returned from a lengthy knee-injury absence to take a place on the bench a week ago and will once again push for a place in boss John Coleman’s plans.

Reece Gray (broken leg) and goalkeeper Matt Edwards (wrist) remain long-term absentees.

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Plymouth v Rochdale preview

Date published: Friday 18th March 2011 12:48

Plymouth boss Peter Reid will be without Kari Arnason.

The 28-year-old midfielder picked up his 10th booking of the season during the second half of Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw with Carlisle and will begin a two-match ban.

Arnason also suffered a groin injury shortly after his booking and would have been a major doubt for the Dale clash anyway.

Anton Peterlin could be recalled to the starting line-up in his absence after setting up Yannick Bolasie’s equaliser with an 84th-minute free-kick.

Defender Karl Duguid looks set to continue at left-back at the expense of Jim Paterson after impressing against the Cumbrians in midweek, while goalkeeper Romain Larrieu will continue to keep David Button on the bench.

Rochdale boss Keith Hill will assess the fitness of defender Joe Widdowson.

Widdowson missed Tuesday’s 1-0 home win over Notts County due to illness and Hill will hope to have him available to face the Pilgrims.

Robbie Williams made his first start for the club in Widdowson’s absence against the Magpies in midweek and could now retain his starting role.

Hill has no other injury or suspension concerns and will be reluctant to make changes after Tuesday’s success ended a dismal run of three straight defeats.

Hill has urged his players to follow the example of midfielder Gary Jones and defender Craig Dawson, saying: “We need the other players to step up to the mark.”

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