Spireites head to Oxford United tomorrow for a game between League Two’s only unbeaten sides.
Chris Wilder’s U’s have won four and drawn three of their seven games to date whilst Paul Cook’s men have dropped just two points, in a 2-2 draw at Rochdale.
Last weekend’s 2-0 win over in-form AFC Wimbledon was, by general consent, the Proact team’s best showing of the season, whilst second placed Oxford have drawn three of their last four outings.
Cook will again be without defender Nathan Smith, who had some scar tissue removed from an ankle injury last week but is still a way off returning to full fitness.
That means Ritchie Humphreys will continue at left-back in a backline that’s kept five clean sheets.
Such a solid defence means skipper Ian Evatt is again likely to have to make do with a spot on the bench, as will winger Gary McSheffrey, with an unchanged 11 looking odds-on.
With Eoin Doyle, Sam Togwell and Armand Gnanduillet also on the bench, it’s clear why Spireites’ odds for promotion are falling as every match passes by.
In contrast, Chesterfield’s nearest challengers fielded five teenagers on their bench in the 2-2 draw at Cheltenham Town last weekend and none of them have yet started a league game.
Defender Matty Brown is back in training but both he and new signing, ex Miller Ollie Banks, are unlikely to make the squad for the division’s biggest match.