Spireites set for boost, as Ariyibi returns to UK

Gboly Ariyibi stretches for the ball under pressure from Colchester's George Elokobi - Pic By James Williamson
Gboly Ariyibi stretches for the ball under pressure from Colchester's George Elokobi - Pic By James Williamson
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Spireites will have Gboly Ariyibi available for the weekend trip to Walsall.

The speedy winger has returned to the UK after being on USA Olympic Qualifying duty; the American side finished third in the tournament meaning they have a qualifying match to play against Colombia to determine whether they will be present in Brazil next year.

Another man with International experience, Australian International Chris Herd, is gradually working his way back to full fitness after picking up a serious knee injury whilst on loan from Aston Villa at Wigan last February.

Herd’s performances have been improving but the former Premier League man is calling for unity as Spireites look to find some regular form.

He said: “We’ve got to keep our heads up and move forwards and not look back. We’ve got a great team spirit and we need to stick together as a whole club; the team, the manager, the coaching staff and the fans. If we do that I’m sure we’ll have a successful season.”

Regarding his own fitness he added: “I’m feeling a lot better, it was my fourth game (against Gillingham) and I’m feeling a lot fitter. I need to continue working hard.”

“I’m feeling better every day,” Herd added.

“I’m really enjoying it, the most I’ve enjoyed football for a while. I’ve settled in quickly with the lads and it’s been really enjoyable. We’ve got a great squad here and I don’t think we’ll have any problems in finishing high up in this league.”

Along with Ariyibi, Lee Novak will re-join the squad after a thigh injury leaving just long term injury victim Angel Martinez and striker Byron Harrison absent for the weekend.