Hot shot Hughes out for County

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Rochdale defender Nathan Stanton is available after suspension for the visit of promotion rivals Notts County.

Stanton has served a four-match ban but left-back Tom Kennedy is now suspended.

Dale have allowed winger Adam Rundle to join promotion rivals Rotherham on a one-month emergency loan.

The move increases the number of dealings between the two clubs this term after Adam Le Fondre moved from Rochdale for an undisclosed fee in August while Rotherham midfielder Jason Taylor moved the opposite way on a loan deal last week.

Meanwhile, Dale skipper Gary Jones is nursing a hamstring injury, winger Joe Thompson is struggling with a groin strain and goalkeepers Kenny Arthur and Matty Edwards remain sidelined with back and wrist injuries respectively.

County will be missing top scorer Lee Hughes. The striker picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in the 0-0 draw with Aldershot at the weekend.

The 33-year-old's suspension will likely give either Ade Akinbiyi or Karl Hawley a chance to partner Luke Rodgers up front on Tuesday evening.

The duo were unused substitutes at the weekend and will be looking to make an impression on manager Hans Backe.

Backe has no fresh injury worries ahead of the League Two clash at Spotland and could have Ben Davies back to full fitness.

Davies missed Notts' 3-3 draw at Bury after falling ill in the team hotel the night before the game and then suffered cramp in the second half of the weekend's draw with the Shots.

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Adam Rundle
Jason Taylor
Nathan Stanton
Karl Hawley
Kenny Arthur
Ben Davies
Joe Thompson
Lee Hughes
Luke Rodgers
Adam Le Fondre
Gary Jones
Ade Akinbiyi
League Two
Notts County

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