CHESTERFIELD: Spireites stars face battle for places against Port Vale

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Paul Cook will have a virtually full squad to choose from for Saturday’s trip to high flying Port Vale.

Only transfer-listed Neal Trotman (knee) is unavailable at the moment. Returning to the squad will be Jay O’Shea and Ben Dickenson, who were both ineligible for the Tranmere FA Cup game at the weekend whilst Mark Randall, who returned to the bench after a shin injury, is fully fit.

“We’ve got no new injuries and competition for places will be good,” said Cook.

“The lads need to train well this week, you get picked on how you train. Good habits come from training so it’ll be a competitive week with a great match to come at the weekend.”

O’Shea, Dickenson and Randall may all get some match practice in tonight’s Derbyshire FA Senior Cup game against Holbrook Sports at the Proact Stadium (7.45pm).

Chesterfield are expected to field a side made up of reserves, youth teamers and those needing match time. On loan from Hull City left back Conor Townsend is another that is set to start, he’s yet to appear in the first team.

The 2-1 loss at Tranmere followed three straight league wins for Spireites that have taken them to within three points of the play-off zone.

Second placed Vale, who play Bradford City at home tonight in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy after their late, late loss at Bramall Lane, were unbeaten in November but three of their five league games in the month were drawn.

Only leaders Gillingham have beaten Vale on their own patch in League Two.

Tom Pope, the 21-goal ex-Miller, will be the man to watch though Marc Richards has scored in his last three league starts.