Table-topping Rochdale have signed defender Michael Lea ahead of the home clash with Grimsby.
The former Manchester United trainee, who also had spells with Scunthorpe and Chester, has joined the Spotland outfit on non-contract terms until the end of the season.
He earned a one-year professional contract at Old Trafford but it was not extended and then headed for Scunthorpe, where he struggled to make an impact after breaking his ribs in training.
Midfielder Jason Taylor begins a three-match ban and will miss this weekend's game against the Mariners, the trip to Chesterfield and the visit of Bournemouth.
He was sent off in last weekend's 4-2 win at Accrington following an altercation with Stanley striker Michael Symes, although boss Keith Hill has no other selection concerns.
In-form midfielder Jamie Devitt is an injury concern for Grimsby ahead of the trip to Lancashire.
The 19-year-old, who has extended his loan spell from Hull until the end of the season, has been nursing a calf problem since last weekend`s 3-2 home win over Bournemouth.
On-loan defender Olly Lancashire has missed the last two matches with a foot injury but, following treatment back at parent club Southampton, the centre-half is fit again and ready to return to the side.
Forwards Paris Cowan-Hall (hamstring) and Adrian Forbes (broken leg) made their comebacks from injury for the reserves this week.
However, on-loan Cowan-Hall has returned to Portsmouth following a setback that will end his season and Forbes is not ready to be considered for a first-team recall.M
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