Rochdale v Yeovil preview

Date published: Friday 27th March 2015 11:15

Rochdale midfielder Jamie Allen has been ruled out of the home game against Yeovil due to a head injury that may have ended his season.

Allen sustained a nasty cut following a first-half challenge with Mat Sadler in Tuesday night’s derby defeat at Oldham and was later taken to hospital for treatment.

Striker Peter Vincenti (groin) and midfielder Stephen Dawson (knee) were also forced out of the midweek action and remain doubtful, so the likes off Ollie Lancashire, Bastien Hery, Rueben Noble-Lazarus and Joe Bunney will all be in contention.

Midfielder Matty Lund (shoulder) and striker Calvin Andrew (knee) remain long-term absentees as Dale chase a place in the top six.

International duty will rob Yeovil of four first-team regulars this weekend.

Liam Shephard and Josh Sheehan will miss out for Terry Skiverton’s side as they are with Wales’ Under-21s while fellow Swansea loanee Stephen Kingsley is with Scotland’s Under-21s.

And with Joel Grant on international duty with Jamaica, Yeovil’s resources will be stretched as they look to cut the nine-point gap between themselves and safety and they may also have to manage without their captain.

Joe Edwards’ ankle problem means he is a big doubt for the match after being rushed back into action in the defeat at Leyton Orient.

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Rochdale v Yeovil preview

Date published: Friday 16th December 2011 4:12

Rochdale goalkeeper David Lucas will miss the clash.

Lucas was knocked unconscious following a sickening collision with Sheffield United defender Neill Collins in last weekend’s defeat at Bramall Lane.

The incident caused Lucas to swallow his tongue and he credited United striker Richard Cresswell with saving his life by placing him in the recovery position before 10 minutes of treatment was administered on the pitch.

The 34-year-old was taken to hospital with concussion but travelled back across the Pennines with the rest of the Rochdale squad later in the evening.

Understudy Matt Edwards is set to deputise in Lucas’ absence.

Defender Marcus Holness missed the 3-0 loss with a groin strain and remains an injury doubt. Midfielders Joe Thompson (thigh) and Simon Hackney (abdominal) are long-term absentees, alongside Scottish defender Marc Twaddle (back).

Yeovil will be without the suspended Bondz N’Gala.

The centre-back was given his marching orders after picking up two yellow cards in the 2-0 home defeat to non-League Fleetwood in an FA Cup second-round replay on Tuesday night and serves a one-match ban.

However, manager Terry Skiverton hopes to have midfielder Dominic Blizzard back in his matchday squad.

Blizzard missed the Fleetwood match with a groin injury but is expected to return to contention.

Meanwhile, on-loan Watford pair Rene Gilmartin and Gavin Massey are eligible to play at Spotland. The goalkeeper and striker were both prevented from playing in the FA Cup by their parent club in midweek.

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Rochdale v Yeovil preview

Date published: Friday 8th October 2010 10:44

Rochdale boss Keith Hill will resist the urge to make wholesale changes to his side for the home clash with Yeovil.

Dale lost for only the second time in 10 League One outings during last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Exeter but Hill is keeping a sense of perspective.

He said: “I don’t think it’s time to ring the changes. I think we have to evaluate where we are and what we have achieved so far this season.

“The players have done exceptionally well.”

Defender Scott Wiseman remains sidelined with a stomach muscle problem he sustained against Southampton.

Defensive colleague Joe Widdowson has missed the last two games with a knee injury but could now be fit for the clash with the Glovers.

Yeovil could welcome back skipper Craig Alcock into their starting line-up for the trip to Rochdale.

Alcock has been out of action with a back injury and missed three games before making his comeback as a substitute in last weekend’s win at Walsall.

And the right-back is hopeful of making Terry Skiverton’s starting line-up for the Spotland clash, while also reclaiming the armband from Paul Huntingdon.

JP Kalala is unlikely to be fit as he continues to struggle with a knee injury that has kept him out since mid-September, while Stefan Stam is also struggling with a knock.

The Glovers’ win at Walsall last Saturday was their first victory in four and eased the pressure on boss Skiverton, whose side remain in the lower reaches of League One.

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