Spireites boost after fears over Smith op

24.08.13 Chesterfield , England. during the League Two fixture between Chesterfield Vs Southend United at the Proact Stadium.''southends Daniel Bentley and chesterfields Nathan Smith
24.08.13 Chesterfield , England. during the League Two fixture between Chesterfield Vs Southend United at the Proact Stadium.''southends Daniel Bentley and chesterfields Nathan Smith
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Chesterfield defender Nathan Smith’s ankle injury isn’t believed to be as serious as first feared.

The 26-year-old saw a specialist towards the back end of last week with an injury stemming from an ankle fracture he suffered away at Oxford United in March.

He had an operation at the end of last season which hampered the start of his summer preparations, but the left-back went on to feature in the first six competitive fixtures this term.

Smith missed the 1-0 win over Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

Concern grew when it emerged he would have to go for a second operation yesterday to solve the problem. But the initial response last night was positive.

It is not yet known how long the defender will be ou, although it is likely he will miss Saturday’s game with AFC Wimbledon.

Ritchie Humphreys filled in on the left side of defence in Smith’s absence for the visit of Paul Cook’s former club, which maintained Chesterfield’s two-point lead at the top of League Two.

Meanwhile, other absentee, centre-half Matty Brown is continuing his rehabilitation from a hamstring injury.