Wide range of permutations for Sheridan

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Spireites hosts for the opening league game of the season, Tranmere Rovers, have been dealt a blow.

Striker Vinicius Dantas, a 21-year-old Brazilian who has been studying in the USA, has not been granted a work permit. The two parties had agreed a one year deal but the chance of that being put into practice has disappeared after the authorities vetoed the move.

Rovers were strugglers last season and have lost a couple of promising youngsters this summer, have been tipped by manager Les Parry to be challenging for the play-offs.

They won 2-0 at Shrewsbury at the weekend having drawn 1-1 with a young Manchester United side at the start of the build up.

Defender Nathan Smith and utility man Jamie Lowry, who both missed Chesterfield’s final pre-season game with minor problems, are expected to be fit for consideration for the squad. Only long term achilles victim Gregor Robertson is not available.

John Sheridan, who is still expecting new faces ahead of the game, has selection headaches even without any additional arrivals.

Tommy Lee will start in goal and Smith at left-back but apart from that there are no certainties.

Jack Lester was a rare starter in away matches last season, but will probably get the nod. But he could be partnered by Dean Morgan, Jordan Bowery or Scott Boden. Drew Talbot could even find himself up front, or at right back or at right wing!

Dean Holden could play right back or centre half or not even be in the team, such is the manager’s flexibility. All will finally be revealed at Prenton Park about an hour before the big kick-off.