Chesterfield: Cook set to assess his options after losing ‘Lavs’

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Chesterfield host in-form Gillingham this evening - with Paul Cook forced to rethink his attacking strategy after Sheffield Wednesday recalled Caolan Lavery.

The Canadian born front man was unlucky not to have made it three goals in three games in the 3-2 home defeat against Coventry City on Saturday, putting in another impressive shift.

With Armand Gnanduillet out on loan at Oxford United and his 28 day recall point not yet reached and Byron Harrison, who continues to be absent due to a family bereavement, forward options are severely limited - although Drew Talbot was recalled yesterday from his loan spell at Plymouth.

Cook’s only obvious alternatives are moving Sam Clucas forward - he’s played most of his football of late at left back - whilst the pace of Gboly Ariyibi could even be an avenue to pursue in that position. Cook has indicated Ariyibi will start, but hasn’t confirmed in what role.

Former Owls man Mani Dieseruvwe, who has only around 45 minutes of senior football for the Spireites under his belt, is another striking avenue that could be pursued, but the manager, who has said the game is “must win... a key to the season” has also indicated that “it’s not a time for experimentation”.

Cook is trying to get a loan player in, but if there’s success in that area, Saturday’s trip to Peterborough United is the more likely place for a new face to start.

Sam Morsy remains suspended but there are no injury worries following the weekend game.

Gillingham battled to a goalless draw at leaders Bristol City at the weekend. They’re stringing together some impressive results and have come into the play-off reckoning as a result with Cody McDonald and John Marquis in great shape in Justin Edinburgh’s attack.

The game could see Dan Jones and Doug Loft on the park together for the first time since ex-Owl Jones was sacked by Port Vale after a training-ground bust-up left Loft with a broken cheekbone.