Chesterfield: Rib injury could rule out veteran Evatt

Ian Evatt
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Ian Evatt (ribs) is Paul Cook’s only doubt for this evening’s critical home game against Colchester United.

The big centre half picked up the injury in the first half of the 1-1 draw at Barnsley at the weekend and he was replaced by Charlie Raglan, who looks set to continue in the role.

Evatt, 33, did avoid a yellow card at Oakwell that would have taken him to ten for the season and an automatic two game ban. The deadline for a ten card suspension passed on Sunday but his rib problem could see him miss a couple of games. He did not suffer a break so all will rest on his mobility and pain as to whether he can make tonight and Saturday’s trip to Oldham Athletic.

Cook’s only other selection poser again surrounds Gboly Ariyibi, the highly talented and extremely fast but inexperienced wide man. Dan Gardner, Ritchie Humphreys and Byron Harrison would fight for the shirt if the USA U20 International is left on the bench.

A win for Chesterfield would leave them at least four points clear in sixth place with just three game to play. Closest rivals Rochdale host a Swindon Town side that still have faint hopes of automatic promotion. Eighth placed Fleetwood Town are at home to Swindon’s closest rivals in the table MK Dons whilst Bristol City will be looking for the win they need to clinch promotion at Spireites’ third closest team, Bradford City.

Like Chesterfield, Colchester lost their top scorer to the Championship. Ex-West Ham striker Freddie Sears moved up to join Ipswich having banged in 14 goals before his January move. Former Spireites loanee and Blades man Chris Porter has been his replacement. Another ex-Proact temporary player now with United is full-back Richard Brindley, who is on loan from Millers.