Rochdale's summer signing Simon Hackney is the only absentee for the home game with Wycombe.

The former Carlisle and Colchester winger has yet to appear for his latest club following his free transfer in June due to an abdominal muscle injury, but is hoping to return to training before the end of next week.

Manager Steve Eyre is expected to stick with Jean Louis Akpa Akpro up front alongside David Ball as his side chase their first win in four matches.

Akpa Akpro has recovered from his collision with Dale team-mate Ashley Grimes in last week's defeat at Notts County and despite a cut lip is likely to continue.

Defender Stephen Darby, on loan from Liverpool, and midfielders Nicky Adams and Joe Thompson are pushing for recalls after making second-half appearances last weekend.

Wycombe have no new problems ahead of the trip north.

Defender Dave Winfield and striker Matt McClure remain the only injury absentees.

Winfield will resume full training with the rest of the squad next week after more than a month out with knee and groin problems, while McClure is now off crutches as he steps up his recovery from a dislocated ankle.

"Dave will be back next week. We are hoping he comes straight back into the group. He has worked hard to get fit," said Wanderers manager Gary Waddock.

"It is another step forward for Matt but he has got a long way to go yet."

Veteran midfielder Gareth Ainsworth and striker Stuart Beavon will be hoping to keep their places in the side after both marked recalls with a goal during the 4-3 home defeat to Preston in midweek.

Kevin Betsy, Scott Rendell, Elliot Benyon, Marvin McCoy and Matt Bloomfield kept themselves ticking over with run-outs for the reserves on Wednesday and they will hope to be involved at Deepdale.

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