Martinez on the comeback trail for Spireites

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Chesterfield’s injured Spanish midfielder Angel Martinez is on the mend.

The 29 year old former Espanyol, Girona, Blackpool and Millwall midfielder picked up a cruciate ligament injury in training two months ago.

The former Spanish U21 International is a regular visitor at first team and reserve team games, and said: “I’m feeling good. Obviously it’s not easy to get that injury but I’m feeling better every day and improving so I’m on the way to recovery.

“It’s not easy for a footballer to be off the pitch this long, but I’m ready and willing to work.

The summer signing added: “When the doctor said I was going to be out for nine months, I had to accept that I was going to have to work every day to be back as soon as possible. You have to respect the knee, it’s going to take a long time to get it ready to play again, but I’m hoping to be back sooner than the doctors said.”

Chesterfield’s medical supremo Rodger Wylde said: “We’re at a stage now where we’ve got past the fragile part of the rehabilitation where we have to be very careful.

“We’re now working on flexion, the bending on the limb, because that was a bit down on what we wanted.

“We are starting to mobilise the knee and getting it moving and we’re also starting to mobilise the kneecap as well as starting to mobilise the anterior cruciate ligament itself.”

Angel remains the only first teamer sidelined through injury as Dean Saunders prepares for the short weekend trip to Port Vale, a ground that’s been a happy one for Chesterfield of late with four wins and a draw in the last five visits.

With away points being significantly easier to come by than ones at the Proact Stadium, Saunders will be looking to extend that fine Vale Park record as Spireites seek to make it four League One away wins on the trot.