Chesterfield breathed a huge sigh of relief after the FA Regulatory Commission agreed to overturn Matty Brown’s red card.
The panel ruled the defender’s sending off against Plymouth Argyle was a case of wrongful dismissal after studying video evidence.
Brown, who was making his debut for the Spireites, was sent off by referee Andy Haines following a challenge on Caolan Lavery, which resulted in a penalty.
It meant Brown would miss tomorrow’s game at Exeter City but the club felt they had been wronged and lodged an appeal on Monday.
With Liam Cooper suffering from an ankle injury, Sam Hird and captain Ian Evatt were the only senior central defenders on the club’s books for the trip to Exeter.
Teenager Jack Broadhead, fresh from his loan spell at Buxton, was named on a six-man substitutes bench for the game against John Sheridan’s Pilgrims.
Brown is now eligible for Chesterfield’s game at Exeter City tomorrow night.
Spireites boss Paul Cook may have further worries at the other end of the pitch with Eoin Doyle the only fit and available striker.
Armand Gnanduillet dislocated his shoulder and was replaced in the first half.
Fellow striker Marc Richards was substituted at half-time with a foot injury.
Jacob Hazel, the other striker at the club, is still unavailable for selection until January due to an agreement of his loan to SK Sprint-Jeløy, despite return from Norway.
It could see a re-shuffle in the Spireites approach to the game.
Jay O’Shea, Gary McSheffrey, Ritchie Humphreys and Drew Talbot have all played in more attacking roles earlier on in the careers.