The on-loan Shrewsbury forward has missed the last three games after being dismissed in the 3-2 defeat to Exeter on December 8.
Dale have lost two of those and have suffered defeat in five of their last six league matches.
Gornell's availability could put some pressure on Bobby Grant, who has deputised in the Shrews' forward's absence and scored two goals in the process.
Midfielder Reece Gray is continuing his rehabilitation from a serious leg injury but will not feature until the new year.
John Coleman's men have slipped into the bottom half of the table but they are only three points behind seventh-placed Fleetwood.