Griffiths back training in Spireites boost

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Scott Griffiths will be fit for Friday’s game against Rotherham United.

The left back missed the weekend defeat at Crewe Alexandra with a tight hamstring but he is now back in full training and pushing for a recall.

Utility man Dwayne Mattis is another regular first teamer who is set for a return after shaking off his calf problem. Mark Allott was on the bench at Gresty Road after returning for the previous game after an ankle problem, and his manager felt he’d brought him back a little early.

John Sheridan said of his missing men: “Mark and Dwayne plus Ian Breckin, who has just come back from illness, really haven’t had much match practice and they’re a little bit short of match fitness.

“But they’ll get a few days’ training in this week and will hopefully be that little bit stronger for Friday. Scott’s back in training and will be fit for Friday.”

With just 9 games to go and a lead over the fourth placed Millers of 15 points the manager added: “I don’t care if we’re top of the league, I’m just worried about how we play, how my players are performing. I want them all to be good players and to play in a higher division.

“That’s why sometimes I get a bit cross and I’ll still get cross even when we’re top of the league because it’s about basics, setting standards and knowing what your strengths and weaknesses are, and I’ll keep telling them.”

Regarding Friday’s game, he said: “It’s a big game, it’s on television against one of our closest rivals and hopefully we can get a positive result.”