Captain Peter Cavanagh is set for up to six weeks on the side lines due to an Achilles problem.
The Skipper had served a three match ban following his sending off in the defeat at Burton Albion, but Assistant Manager Chris Beech confirmed that Cav was missing from Saturday’s squad to face Bury because of an Achilles injury.
Dale Physio Andy Thorpe explains more: “In the last couple of weeks Peter has been saying that he hasn’t been able to function 100%, and while he’s not in a great deal of pain, he has been getting aches and soreness due to tendonitis.
“We sent him for a scan and it showed disruption in his Achilles. After seeing the surgeon, he has been told that he it will need up to six weeks to heal, which is obviously a blow for him and us.
“Taking time for it to heal is important because if he was to carry on then the disruption could develop into more and he could get a complete rupture. We don’t want to go down that road, so we’re taking the best possible option we can.
“Running is completely out of the question at the moment but he is taking part in non-weight bearing exercises like bike work and swimming to keep his fitness up.”