Spireites close to fielding their strongest side

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It could be a very different looking Chesterfield side that takes on Exeter City tomorrow.

Four weeks after injuring an ankle in the final moments of a home win over Accrington Stanley, striker Marc Richards is set to travel to Devon.

The experienced front-man, Chesterfield’s flagship summer signing, has been at Lilleshall this week stepping up his training regime. Providing there has been no adverse reaction to that and to his training in Chesterfield yesterday, he will be part of the squad.

Left-back Nathan Smith, who has been out since the Rotherham United match in August with an ankle injury that ultimately required an operation, played the full 90 minutes in the reserves’ 3-2 win at Hull City on Tuesday night. Again, assuming there has been no reaction to that and a full training session, he too will travel.

Sam Togwell, subbed early in the second half of Saturday’s disappointing defeat at home to Dagenham & Redbridge, isn’t 100% sure he’ll be involved, but it’s ‘touch and go’ according to the midfielder, a much better state of affairs than was first feared.

Danny Whitaker (groin) is fully fit. He was on the bench last week, meaning only Tommy Lee (shoulder) and Mark Allott (Hamstring) are definitely out.

Caretaker manager Tommy Wright heaped praise on physio Jamie Hewitt for getting the players fit again and the boss is looking forward to playing a side that, at last, will resemble his strongest 11.

Wright again complimented veteran winger Luis Boa Morte for his approach to training this week, his first full week at the club, and the Portuguese seems set to play in what is the first of an important trio of matches with home games against Fleetwood Town and Barnet coming up.