JACK Lester is hoping to play a much bigger part in Spireites’ final pre-season game at home to Derby County tomorrow.
The 36-year-old striker played the final 10 minutes of Tuesday’s loss against Huddersfield Town after being out since the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final in March.
A groin injury was picked up in that game and he’d also being having some trouble with the arm he broke earlier in the season.
He said: “I was pleased to be back, it was only a little 10 minutes but it’s nice to be available again. I’m 100% fit and just needing sharpness, I’ve done all of the pre-season training, all the running and I’ve been joining in the football in the last week or two.”
Lester explained why he’s been absent: “I’ve been holding back while my arm showed a bit more growth in the bone and hopefully that will be it. I had a graft on the arm and it proved to be a bit more complicated that we’d thought and it needed a lot more healing time.”
Left-back Nathan Smith, close to playing in the last couple of warm up matches, is at last expected to play some part in the game.
He’s played one game in the close season, back in May, winning his second Jamaican cap in a game against Guyana.
Sheridan is expected to pick a side similar to that he’s expecting to play in Tuesday’s Capital One Cup tie against Tranmere Rovers.
That side will almost certainly see Tommy Lee in goal behind centre backs Neal Trotman and Sam Hird. Left back, fitness assumed, will be Smith.
Drew Talbot and Terrell Forbes will be battling for the right back spot with Forbes likely to clinch it, meaning Talbot will play on the right wing opposite Danny Whitaker. Central midfield looks like being Sam Togwell and Mark Randall with Jordan Bowery and Marc Richards in attack.
Should Smith not be ready, left-back will be a tricky spot to fill with Forbes possibly slotting in, Talbot moving back and Craig Westcarr playing wide right.