Chesterfield: Keeper Aaron Chapman set for ankle operation

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Spireites’ back up keeper Aaron Chapman is due to undergo an operation today to fix a troublesome ankle.

The 24 year old picked up the ankle ligament injury in the last minute of a game against Dagenham & Redbridge during his recent loan spell at League Two Accrington Stanley.

The ligament is operating at just 20% efficiency and the only decision to be made was whether to have the operation now or at the end of the season.

Chesterfield’s medical team, led by Rodger Wylde, has opted to go for surgery now and it will keep the giant keeper out for up to 12 weeks.

One of the stars of Sunday’s 6-0 FA Cup win at Braintree Town, Gary Roberts, is sure the performance will enable his side to bounce back in the League. The midfielder said: We’re a good team.

“We’ve not had much luck lately and we haven’t played as well as we can but this will be a big boost for us, to score that many goals away from home and get a clean sheet as well.

“We’ll take that into the Crewe game for sure.”

Roberts and Jay O’Shea returned to the side in wide roles, both men scored cracking goals and both look set to maintain their places at Gresty Road on Saturday against the bottom side in the section.

Alex have the division’s worst record of goals conceded whilst they’ve also only scored 13 league goals, just one more than the least potent attack in the section, Yeovil Town.

Players and Officials of the club yesterday attended and laid wreaths at the Chesterfield FC Memorial Garden. The Armistice Day ceremony saw skipper Ian Evatt and Professional Footballers’ Association Chairman Ritchie Humphreys lay a wreath at the memorial for the 16 players and officials associated with the Spireites that gave their lives in the two World Wars of the 20th Century.