Spireites manager Paul Cook has indicated that loan man Ben Dickenson is likely to start tomorrow against Oxford United.
The 19 year old, borrowed from Brighton & Hove Albion, scored within four minutes of coming off the bench for his senior debut at Bristol Rovers last weekend.
Regarding his injured players, Cook was more reticent to indicate their progress. “They’re improving and have been training with the first team, but the other week we indicated that Tommy Lee was going to start, but he didn’t. I want to keep our supporters informed but I don’t want to give false hope either.”
Keeper Tommy Lee and striker Marc Richards are the men supporters are most desperate to return, whilst centre half Liam Cooper’s defensive skills were clearly missed at the Memorial Ground.
Striker Jack Lester will almost certainly start. Combined with Dickenson’s introduction, that means that striker Scott Boden and attacking midfielders Mark Randall, Danny Whitaker and Tendayi Darikwa’s places are all under threat.
Cook isn’t likely to select Lester and Boden together; “They’re too similar,” he says, so Dickenson may be employed as a second striker alongside the experienced man who made his 200th club appearance last week.
Looking back to the 3-2 loss at Bristol Rovers he added: “We created enough chances to have won a few games but our defending wasn’t good enough.”
Oxford drew 0-0 at home to Torquay United last weekend and they’ll be hoping ex Chesterfield loanee Deane Smalley is fit for the clash. The former Oldham man had a spectacular second half to the 2010-11 season with Spireites, being a major reason the Championship title was secured.
Tom Craddock, James Constable and former Owl Jon-Paul Pittman are other attacking options for the visitors.
Andy Whing and Peter Leven are also former Chesterfield men in Chris Wilder’s ranks.