Spireites race to get players fit

Chesterfield boss Dean Saunders. Photo: James Williamson
Chesterfield boss Dean Saunders. Photo: James Williamson
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Chesterfield manager Dean Saunders will be hoping his medical and fitness teams come up trumps this week.

For the 3-3 draw at home to Colchester United, Chesterfield were without Sam Hird (ribs), Liam O’Neil (knee) and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (hamstring). In addition new signing Chris Herd hasn’t played this season having been released by Aston Villa, so will be lacking sharpness.

No new injuries were picked up on Saturday, butDrew Talbot’s red card, unless appealed, will see him missing for the trip to Coventry City.

Saunders has already indicated Ebanks-Blake, further issues apart, will be fit whilst Herd should be available.

Two players were given their career League debuts as subs against Colchester; West Brom loanee Jack Fitzwater, 17, came on soon after Talbot’s dismissal at right back whilst Dion Donohue, who was ready to come on just before Chesterfield took a 62nd minute lead, then had to wait until the 87th minute to get his first taste of action at this level after his recruitment from Sutton Coldfield Town.

Chesterfield sit two points behind Tony Mowbray’s fourth placed Coventry, who lost 1-0 at Scunthorpe at the weekend. City, who have picked up seven points from their three home games, haven’t lost a home gameto Spireites since 1948 during Chesterfield’s last spell in tier two of the League.