Joe Bunney has been ruled out for up to 12 weeks after fracturing his fifth metatarsal in Monday’s game against Walsall.
He’s set to undergo an operation next week.
Manager Keith Hill told Dale PlayerHD: “He’s going to be out for a substantial amount of time - between eight and 12 weeks. He’s due to go for an operation within the next few days, and the sooner we get him in for surgery, the better.
“We’ve again got to come up with a solution to the problem. As much as I’ll miss him and we’ll miss him, we’re looking forward to overcoming that set-back. It’s a difficult one because of the form that we’re in and the form that Joe’s in, but it creates an opportunity.”