Chesterfield will definitely be without attacking midfielder Dan Gardner for this evening’s trip to AFC Wimbledon.
Fortunately, the former Halifax man didn’t break his leg, as initially feared, after being on the end of the tackle that resulted in Accrington’s Peter Murphy getting a second yellow card. But he sees a specialist today and is out for at least four weeks and could miss the rest of the season.
Jay O’Shea is likely to replace him on the right side with Eoin Doyle also expected to regain his starting spot as Paul Cook’s lone striker.
Cook says the camp has been hit with a virus since the weekend defeat at Accrington Stanley but he’s unlikely to recall Jamie Devitt from his loan spell at Morecambe.
However, he is expected to complete the loan signing of Peterborough United wide man Daniel Kearns, who had a spell with Rotherham United last season.
The 22-year-old Irishman has made 15 appearances for Posh this season, two of them in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, so will be ruled out of an appearance at Wembley at the end of the month.
He started The Millers’ 1-0 win over Chesterfield at the New York Stadium last season.
Neal Ardley’s Wimbledon lost 1-0 at home to York City at the weekend and have been struggling in front of goal recently with five blanks in front of goal in their last six outings.
Ardley selected three strikers last time out, Charlie Sheringham, Luke Moore and Millers loanee Danny Hylton, and the three have bagged just eight goals between them this season. Jack Midson, who has only three goals so far, could be recalled.
The Spireites, who travelled down yesterday, lost 1-0 at Kingsmeadow in last season’s opening fixture but beat the Dons 2-0 at the Proact earlier this season thanks to goals from Gary Roberts and Sam Hird.