CHESTERFIELD: Paul Cook to assess injured Spireites stars

Vital day: Paul Cook
Vital day: Paul Cook
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It’s a vital day for Paul Cook at training today.

He’ll be running the rule over a number of his injured players to ascertain whether they’ll be available for selection against Oxford United on Saturday.

Tommy Lee (shoulder and then hamstring) and Marc Richards (hamstring) will be two men that the manager and supporters will be hoping come through the rigours of training.

Luis Boa Morte (groin) and Liam Richards (hip) will also be under the microscope as Cook looks to find the formula that will begin to pick up points at home.

Losses to Barnet, Fleetwood Town and Dagenham & Redbridge followed a draw with Torquay United meaning a maximum three points from a Proact game is well overdue.

Oxford won on their only previous visit to the ground, in Chesterfield’s 2010-11 Championship winning campaign, but at Saltergate they triumphed just once in 13 visits. They’ll be hoping ex Spireites favourite Deane Smalley shakes off an injury.

Having had it confirmed that a trip to Tranmere Rovers for the 2nd round of the FA Cup is in hand for a week on Saturday, Chesterfield discovered their opponents in the 3rd round of another, less celebrated, knock-out competition. Spireites will face Holbrook Sports in the Derbyshire County FA Senior Challenge Cup.

Holbrook, of the East Midlands Counties League of which they’re currently 13th, beat Long Eaton United, away, this week to earn a visit to the Proact Stadium. The date of the game has yet to be confirmed, but it’s likely to be on December 11 at 7pm. Sports attracted a crowd of 42 to their last home game, a 3-1 win over Greenwood Meadows.