Chesterfield: Richards faces fitness battle

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SPIREITES striker Marc Richards has an outside chance of starting tomorrow’s key home game against Bradford City.

The front man, who picked up an ankle ligament injury on Easter Monday after bagging a brace against his former club Port Vale, has recovered quicker than anticipated.

However Paul Cook isn’t expecting him to start, he’s more likely to be on the bench. “We’re not going to risk him at all,” said the manager. “If he were to play no part at all on Saturday, he’d almost certainly be ready to start against Plymouth on Tuesday.”

Only Nathan Smith (broken foot) is ruled out completely. His injury is coming on well. He’s been in London this week receiving some specialist treatment, a trip that meant he wasn’t able to pick up in person his Young Spireites Player of the Year award yesterday.

Everyone in the Spireites camp knows the importance of the Bantams encounter. City will have around 2500 fans cheering them on. Just one loss in eleven has followed their Capital One Cup Final defeat against Swansea City and Phil Parkinson’s side sit atop, alongside Chesterfield, the six match form report table.

Richard Brindley and Armand Gnanduillet are back in contention for starting places after being left out last of last weekend’s 2-0 win at Barnet as they were in the middle of complex contract wrangles.

Brindley is most likely to start, at right back, allowing Drew Talbot to move up the field, possibly to be the lone striker in place of Scott Boden.

Chesterfield defender Liam Cooper is well aware what his task will be against City’s 21 goals leading scorer Nahki Wells. The pair were team mates at Carlisle in early 2011, Cooper on loan from Hull City.

It’s a ‘must win’ game for Chesterfield whilst City will be pleased with a draw and could well come to the game looking to shut up shop and nick a point, looking for all three on the break.