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Rochdale Vs Southampton, Sat 19 Feb 2011

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Rochdale manager Keith Hill could be without midfielder Brian Barry-Murphy for the home clash with Southampton.

Barry-Murphy sustained a second head injury in five days during last weekend`s home victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

He was replaced against the Owls after just 11 minutes by Matty Done, who had a hand in both goals in a highly impressive performance.

Hill has no other injury or suspension concerns as his men seek to further enhance their play-off credentials.

Dale lie just two points outside the play-off places but Hill warned ahead of Southampton`s visit: "We aren't safe yet and that is the number one priority.

"We have to get as much distance as we can between us and whoever is in the final relegation place."

Adam Lallana is poised to return to the Southampton starting line-up.

The highly-rated midfielder made his comeback following a month on the sidelines with a knee injury as a second-half substitute against Carlisle last weekend.

Lallana's introduction was a bright spot in an otherwise lacklustre 1-0 win and boss Nigel Adkins is likely to throw him in from the start at Spotland.

French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has missed the last two games with a calf injury and is not expected to be risked, while winger Lee Holmes is out for the season following ankle surgery.

Veteran striker David Connolly could be added to the bench following his recent recovery from a hernia operation.

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