Sad Spireites suffer cruel injury blow

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Spireites have suffered a big set-back with the news that midfielder Derek Niven could be out for up to six weeks with ankle ligament damage suffered in training this week.

The 27 year old is Chesterfield’s longest serving player and has played over 250 games for the Spireites.

His club’s weekend opponents, Exeter City, this evening host Liverpool in the Carling Cup second round.

Chesterfield followers will be hoping that the Grecians’ minds are taken up more with the knockout game than on clash at St James’ Park on Saturday.

Exeter, like the Spireites, have yet to taste victory in the league, they lost at Preston at the weekend, making the game a huge one, even at this early stage. Indeed a week later John Sheridan’s men host Leyton Orient, who are pointless and bottom of the table in League One.

French winger Alex Mendy’s international clearance should be through ahead of the trip to Devon, though such formalities can sometimes take significantly longer than anticipated.

In addition, it will be a major surprise, after the 6-2 loss at MK Dons, if Sheridan doesn’t boost his squad before the weekend.

Fit again midfielder Mark Randall and defender Simon Ford could be in contention.