Rochdale boss Keith Hill is seeking to extend Jason Taylor`s loan spell ahead of the home clash with Port Vale.
The Rotherham midfielder will play his last game of his current spell against Vale but talks are underway to extend his loan until the end of the season.
Taylor looks almost certain to remain at Spotland until May as Dale bid to win their first promotion since 1969.
However, Chris O'Grady should be handed a starting role after he signed on a permanent basis on Thursday for an undisclosed fee from near-neighbours Oldham.
Hill has been further boosted after defender Scott Wiseman returned to training after a groin injury.
Goalkeeper Kenny Arthur is also edging closer to full fitness after a back injury and highly-rated winger Will Buckley is also making steady progress from a foot complaint.
Port Vale`s Rob Taylor will hope to end a three-week wait by serving his one-match suspension.
The attacking midfielder, who on Thursday penned a new two-year contract with the Burslem club, received a second yellow card in Vale`s last outing against Grimsby back on December 28.
Subsequent opportunities to serve his ban against Darlington and Bradford have fallen foul of the weather, meaning his suspension has been carried over to the trip to Spotland.
But defender John McCombe does return having served his one-match ban against the Mariners, ending an even longer wait for match action.
Forward Lewis Haldane and striker Sean Rigg have both extended their loan stays at Vale Park until the end of the season and will be available, while Danny Glover has returned from a spell with Saturday`s opponents Rochdale and will be hoping for a place in Micky Adams` matchday 18.
Veteran striker Geoff Horsfield is back in training after a hamstring injury but is targeting next weekend`s home fixture against Macclesfield as a more likely return date.
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