CHESTERFIELD: Injury-glut puts youngsters in frame for Spireites tie

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Spireites’ temporary boss will be looking to his physio, Jamie Hewitt, to perform some miracles this week.

Tonight’s first ever trip to Doncaster Rovers’ Keepmoat Stadium in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy will have Tommy Wright desperate for good news in the midst of an injury crisis.

Long termers Marc Richards (ankle), Tommy Lee (shoulder) and Nathan Smith (ankle) have been joined by three more first-team bankers Sam Hird (facial), Danny Whitaker (groin) and Mark Allott (hamstring) and none of them look likely to be able to participate tonight.

Of the three, Allott, who played in Spireites’ last visit to Doncaster, a 1-0 loss back in 2006, will be out for the longest with ex Rovers man Hird and Whitaker both likely to be ready for the weekend.

As Chesterfield look to become the first team ever to retain the JPT, Wright will have to continue to rely on a number of relatively inexperienced youngsters to help his team’s quest.

Tendayi Darikwa, Craig Clay, Micah Richards, Chris Atkinson and Liam Ridehalgh, none of them older than 21, all look set to start as could Jack Lester, who was 37 yesterday.

The team will be buoyed by the weekend win at Aldershot Town, Spireites’ first on the road this season, a match which saw them name second year trainee Jack Broadhurst on the bench, he was 18 a week ago today, due to the injury list.

Mansfield born Broadhead, a 6’3” centre half, was previously with The Owls’ academy.

He could be in contention for another bench spot tonight, though this competition only requires teams to name five bench sitters rather than the seven in league games.