... and Friday could be the day it happens

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CHESTERFIELD’S Saturday opponents, Oxford United, will be without midfielder Ryan Burge after parent club Doncaster Rovers recalled the 22 year old.

Defender Harry Worley will also miss out, he is suspended. Ex Barnsley midfielder Simon Heslop will have to recover from a knock that saw him subbed in the last weekend’s draw at Accrington Stanley.

Two men who are likely to play are ex-Owls pair Paul McLaren and Steve MacLean. McLaren, has been offered a new deal for next season by manager Chris Wilder, the former Blade and Miller.

United, in their first season back in the League, are seven points off the play-off zone, though they’ll be going all out for a win to maintain hope of extending the season.

John Sheridan’s men could well be going into the game already promoted. Both Wycombe Wanderers (Friday) and Shrewsbury Town (Saturday, 1pm) have tricky away games at Torquay United and Hereford United respectively. Should either side fail to win, Chesterfield’s promotion will be mathematically assured before their 3pm kick-off.

With second-placed Bury at the B2net on Monday, the manager will have to decide whether to rotate his squad for the two games. Striker Jack Lester is unlikely to start both. Fellow 30-somethings Mark Allott, Dean Holden, Ian Breckin and Danny Whitaker could also be used more sparingly meaning Derek Niven, Ian Morris, Kieran Djilali and Scott Boden could be used.