Rochdale v Oxford Utd preview

Team news ahead of Tuesday night’s League Two clash between

Rochdale and Oxford United at Spotland.

Rochdale boss John Coleman is once again set to be without Craig

Curran and Ray Putterill.

Forward Curran serves the final game of a three-match ban for

his red card in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash with Bury, while

Putterill is doubtful with the groin problem that has ruled him out

of Dale’s last two matches.

Coleman suggested a tactical reshuffle could be in the offing on

his side’s return to Spotland following the 3-1 weekend loss at


“You start with self-analysis,” he said. “I have got to look at

where I could have done better – whether I could have done better

with my team selection, whether I could have done better with my


Reece Gray (broken leg) and Matt Edwards (wrist) remain

long-term absentees.

Oxford captain Jake Wright returns from suspension and he

rejoins a side that are on a high after a 5-0 victory over

Accrington on Saturday.

The 26-year-old’s fifth yellow card of the season, picked up

during his 100th game for the U’s at Port Vale, meant he had to

watch the impressive win from the stands.

Striker James Constable was given the captain’s armband in

Wright’s absence and, while strike partner Tom Craddock grabbed the

plaudits with his four goals, Constable was described as “back to

his best” by manager Chris Wilder.

“If I was Tom Craddock I would be shaking Constable’s hand

because I thought his game was superb and he deserved a goal,” he

told the club’s official website. “He played a major part in us

getting the result.”

Meanwhile, left-back Tony Capaldi will have his ankle injury

assessed before kick-off.