Morecambe have been rocked by news that top scorer Rene Howe has been ruled out for at least two weeks ahead of the trip to Rochdale.
Howe pulled up in the closing stages of the Shrimps' impressive 2-0 win over Brentford in midweek and will now miss out on a return to Dale, the club he spent a successful loan spell with last season.
Howe's absence will mean a return to the starting line-up for injury-plagued striker Matt Blinkhorn who is set for his first start since suffering a knee injury in September.
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