Lincoln boss Chris Sutton could welcome back Paul Green for the visit of leaders Rochdale.

The defender is yet to feature this season due to a long-term hip injury, but after coming through 90 minutes in a reserve-team clash this week could be handed a place in the squad.

Striker Lennell John-Lewis was only deemed fit enough for a place on the bench in the Imps' goalless draw against Crewe last weekend, but after coming on as a late substitute could be handed a starting role.

On-loan midfielders Anthony Pulis and Sergio Torres are still struggling with ankle injuries and remain major doubts.

Striker Paul Connor is still building up his fitness following three months out with a knee problem and is unlikely to feature.

Rochdale boss Keith Hill again has a number of injury concerns.

Skipper Gary Jones is still troubled by a hamstring strain but he is edging closer to full fitness and was an unused substitute in last weekend's 3-0 home win over Macclesfield.

Forward Will Buckley remains sidelined due to a combination of thigh and ankle problems but should also come back into contention shortly.

Winger Joe Thompson missed the win over Macclesfield but he is set to be passed fit to challenge for a starting berth.

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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