Dale lost their appeal against Cavanagh's straight red card for a high tackle in last week's defeat at Burton and the midfielder will start a three-game ban.
Summer signing Bastien Hery, Andrew Tutte and teenager Jamie Allen will all be vying to start in Cavanagh's absence, while midfielder Matty Done is pushing for his first league start since arriving back at the club from Barnsley.
Manager Keith Hill has no other new injury or suspension problems as his side look to bounce back from successive defeats.
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