Doncaster’s Lee Waterman is facing three months on the sidelines with a dislocated shoulder, forcing coach Paul Cooke into a reshuffle ahead of Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship clash with Rochdale Hornets.
Cooke said: “A lot of the teams that have been promoted this year are now finding their feet in the Championship.
“It takes time – 12 months ago we were bottom of the league – but Rochdale are in some good form.
“We’re not taking this as a given, absolutely not. We need to make improvements on our last three games, although last week we did take some strides forward from the previous two.”
Dave Llewellyn is a major doubt for Rochdale after his ankle reacted badly to last week’s match against Halifax.
Coach Ian Talbot said: “I don’t read too much into Doncaster’s loss last week – they were away at Leigh, who’ve been doing that to everybody.
“We know Doncaster are a quality team, and when you’ve got experienced players like Paul Cooke you’re always going to ask questions.”