Attacking boost for Spireites as Novak and Ariyibi return and Dieseruvwe finds the net for reserve side

Coventry City vs Chesterfield - Lee Novak battles with John Fleck - Pic By James Williamson
Coventry City vs Chesterfield - Lee Novak battles with John Fleck - Pic By James Williamson
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Dean Saunders’ attacking options have been boosted ahead of the trip to league leading Walsall on Saturday.

Striker Lee Novak has recovered from injury, winger Gboly Ariyibi is back from international duty and 20-year-old Mani Dieseruvwe impressed for the reserves in midweek.

The Spireites boss was delighted to get Novak back in the fold again after a thigh injury.

“Lee is available again, which is great news for us, we’ve missed him.

“He’s big, strong, powerful and scores.

“It’s a because he got his goal against Colchester and could have got another two or three, I thought he was off and running and he got injured. He’s back fit now and gives me another option. He’s quick, runs towards goal more than he comes towards the ball, he’s a different type of player.”

Ariyibi has been away for three weeks with the US national team, who are still in with a chance of qualifying for the Olympics.

He flew back into the UK on Thursday and Saunders will decide on the player’s fitness in training on Friday.

With 75 caps for Wales, Saunders is better placed than most to empathise with the 20-year-old winger.

“I just spoke to him, he’s a bit jet lagged. He’s been there a long time, three weeks is a long time. I’ll have a look at how he trains tomorrow.

“I played for my country and sometimes it’s the travelling that does you more than the game.

“Some days I came back from international duty and I felt great, it’s a bit of a change.

“Or you bang a couple of goals in for your country and come back ready to see your mates again.

“Sometimes you come back and your head is somewhere else, you’ve had different instructions from a different manager, playing for a different team.

I’ll ask him to tell the truth about how he feels.

“We’ve missed his pace, he’s an option.”

And Dieseruvwe is in contention for an appearance on Saturday.

Two red cards this season have blotted the front man’s copybook somewhat, but Saunders is pleased with how the youngster is progressing.

“He played in the win against Crewe two weeks ago, he’s doing well.

“He’s 6ft 5ins, he can run, his touch is good, he scored again on Wednesday.

“He’ll be in with a shout of playing Saturday.”