Dale depleted for Silkmen clash

Date published: Friday 4th December 2009 12:25

Skipper Gary Jones is absent with a hamstring strain but is expected to be back in contention within the next fortnight.

Forward Will Buckley remains sidelined for several weeks yet due to a combination of thigh and ankle problems.

Winger Joe Thompson picked up a knock in Tuesday’s 3-0 win at Bradford and is doubtful.

He was replaced early in the second half by Kallum Higginbotham, who is now in line for his first start of the season.

Goalkeepers Kenny Arthur and Matty Edwards remain sidelined with back and wrist injuries respectively so on-loan Manchester United stopper Tom Heaton will continue between the posts.

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