Spireites hope for Whitaker’s return

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CHESTERFIELD will be hoping Danny Whitaker’s back is strong enough for him to be in contention for tomorrow’s visit of Carlisle United.

The midfielder missed the win over Bury, his first absence from any Chesterfield squad since he joined the club a year ago.

One man almost certainly out is keeper Tommy Lee. After a run of 83 straight games the double Player of the Year picked up a groin strain on Tuesday. The man who replaced him for the final few minutes, Greg Fleming, will get his first league start since May 2009.

Fleming was playing for John Sheridan’s Oldham then, alongside Mark Allott and Whitaker, while his current coach, Mark Crossley, was on the bench. Crossley could come out of retirement and register to act as back-up.

Since that game the keeper has been playing in Scotland and Ireland.

A fourth straight clean sheet for Fleming and his team will see the club’s best run of shutouts since 2002.

Jordan Bowery has signed a new extended contract with the Spireites until June 2014.

Sheridan said: “Jordan has lots of potential and a real future, but it’s up to him now to make a name for himself.” The player has made 58 appearances for the Spireites.