Simpson was introduced as a second-half substitute with Latics 2-1 down at Yeovil on Saturday but matters unravelled in the closing minutes as he received a straight red card for a late lunge on goalkeeper Marek Stech and the Glovers added two more to their tally.
Matt Smith is set to keep his place alongside weekend goalscorer Jose Baxter in attack as Simpson begins a three-match ban, while the central-midfield roles he has occupied at times this season are expected to remain with James Wesolowski and captain Dean Furman.
Cliff Byrne lined up in defence at Huish Park after overcoming a back problem, while goalkeeper Alex Cisak recovered from a head injury to take his place among the substitutes.
Boxing Day sees the third meeting in the space of a month between Oldham and Doncaster after Rovers won the corresponding fixture at the Keepmoat Stadium 1-0 and Paul Dickov's men gained their revenge 3-1 at home in the second round of the FA Cup.
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