NEW signing Brennan Dickenson is in contention to make his Chesterfield debut at Bristol Rovers tomorrow after joining the League Two side on a month’s loan from Brighton and Hove Albion.
Predominantly left-footed, Dickenson can play on either flank or up front.
Spireites manager Paul Cook said: “We are delighted to have acquired Ben [Brennan Dickenson].
“He’s a very energetic, left-sided midfielder or left-sided striker who will bring a lot of balance to the team and a lot of energy going forward.
“There was a lot of clubs chasing him and we’d like to thank Gus Poyet for allowing him to come here.”
Defender Liam Cooper, injured on his debut against Hartlepool United last weekend, was hoping to be fit but Cook has all but ruled him out.
His other injured players, barring Mark Allott, could be in line for a place for the Oxford home game in eight days, whilst Allott will be out for at least two more weeks.
The club have rarely had a good result in Rovers own backyard; they have never won an away league game at the Pirates’ home and they have not managed any wins in the last half dozen meetings on any ground.
A 1-0 home win back in 1997 when Rovers had to play for more than 80 minutes with just 10 men was Spireites’ last maximum points outing against them.
Mark McGhee’s Rovers have lost four on the spin, two at home and two away, and he was reported as having locked his players in the dressing room for an hour after Tuesday’s home defeat against Southend United in a bid to find solutions.
Rovers are struggling with a host of injury problems. They are missing the likes of Matt Harrold, Scott Bevan, Adam Virgo and Matt Gill.
Chesterfield have rewarded youth team skipper Jack Broadhead, 18, with a two and a half year professional deal.