Chesterfield: Roberts absence will force reshuffle

Gary Roberts is forced off due to Injury
Gary Roberts is forced off due to Injury
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Paul Cook is forced to make one change from the team that eased beyond Scunthorpe United at the weekend as he takes his Spireites side to Preston tonight.

Gary Roberts, who’d been passed fit for the game after a hamstring problem, limped off after just 20 minutes with a recurrence of the injury.

He’ll miss the trip to Deepdale as well as the weekend visit up the M18 to Doncaster Rovers.

Aston Villa loanee Daniel Johnson, unlucky to be left out for the Iron match, came on as a sub and subsequently ran the game providing two assists amongst plenty of other positive interventions.

That look set to be the only change, Ritchie Humphreys will take the spare spot on the bench.

Weekend debut makers Sam Clucas and Georg Margreitter will continue their more than decent starts on the left of midfield and in central defence respectively.

Dan Gardner is unlikely to be involved; his recuperation from injury could see him travel to Doncaster on Saturday whilst long termers Drew Talbot and Sam Hird remain sidelined.

Hird has had a brace fitted to his left knee to limit movement as he looks to get fit to coincide with the end of Margreitter’s three month loan.

Simon Grayson’s North End, unbeaten at home, will be without the suspended Jordan Hughill, who was tracked by Cook this summer as well as the injured Andy Little, who was replaced by Hughill in the 3-1 loss at Walsall three days ago.

That could see former Spireite favourite Kevin Davies come in for a start in what would be his first competitive game against the side that gave him his start in the professional game.

How the North End manager will line up remains a mystery. Grayson is certainly one of the game’s team tinkermen. Only three members of his squad have started all of his side’s league games to date compared to eight for Spireites, though Roberts’ absence will reduce that at Deepdale.