John Sheridan will be hoping that Walsall’s extra time and subsequent penalty loss in the FA Cup in midweek will work in Spireites’ favour.
The Saddlers lost at home to Dagenham & Redbridge, the Football League’s bottom side, and lost defender Olly Lancashire to injury in the game.
Ex Chesterfield raider Kevan Hurst (foot) will be another absentee as will suspended striker Ryan Jarvis. Manny Smith, who took a knock on the head and lost some teeth in the match, is also a doubt.
Walsall, fourth bottom and four points ahead of Chesterfield, haven’t won a league game since October, a month more recent than Spireites last three point game, making the game huge for both sides.
Sheridan, backed by the Board this week and set to be given money to strengthen in January, will be hoping Jack Lester can shake off his virus.
Leading scorer Leon Clarke’s loan spell ended after the defeat at Wycombe Wanderers last Saturday. That means either Lester or Jordan Bowery should come in, though Scott Boden, scorer of a hat-trick in the midweek County Cup game, could be in for a recall.
Defender Neal Trotman hopes for a start following three more concessions at Adams Park, Aaron Downes is most likely to make way if he gets the nod. Nathan Smith’s hamstring should enable him to be considered but loan left back Scott Griffiths’ form should keep him in the role.
Dean Morgan, scorer of both goals last weekend, should continue after what, up to that point, had been a disappointing season for him. Former Saddlers player Dwayne Mattis played 90 minutes in the reserves’ game with Heanor Town on Tuesday.