Kuqi threat as Spireites bid to plug the leaks

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CHESTERFIELD’S leaky defence will have to face up to one of League Two’s in-form strikers at the weekend.

Thirty-five year old Shefki Kuqi has notched up 11 goals for Oldham since joining the club a few weeks into the season, including one in their FA Cup win over Burtin Albion.

The Yugoslavian-born Finnish frontman, who cost Sheffield Wednesday £1 million back in 2002, has bagged his goals in just 15 appearances after he signed following his release from Newcastle United.

However, fellow striker Reuben Reid, formerly of Rotherham United, will be absent with a thigh injury so on-loan Luca Scapuzzi is likely to partner Kuqi.

Scapuzzi, aged 20, has been borrowed, along with manager’s son Andreas Mancini, from Manchester City.

The game will mark Spireites boss John Sheridan’s first game against the club he previously managed and he’ll be under massive pressure to get at least a point

Only once in 26 visits for league games have Chesterfield returned home from Boundary Park with a win, .

The Spireites and Yeovil Town have been fined £2,500 by the FA. Both clubs pleaded guilty to a misconduct charge for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during their draw at the B2net Stadium on November 5.

Confirmation that Chesterfield will play Preston North End in the area semi-final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Deepdale on Tuesday 6 December, kick-off 7.45pm.

Admission prices have been reduced. Over 16s are £5 and Under 16s (accompanied by an adult) free of charge. Unaccompanied Under 16s cost £5 and are being advised they enter the ground at their own risk.