Chesterfield: Selection headache for Spireites boss Cook

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Paul Cook will spend much of his time at training this week determining who will cover the holding midfield role vacated by the suspended Sam Morsy.

And the choice is more complicated than you’d think.

The games against Coventry City and Gillingham, both at the Proact Stadium, will be missed by key man Morsy who picked up his 10th booking of the season in the 2-1 win at MK Dons a week ago, Spireites last match.

The main contenders, both which will lead to a reshuffling of the pack, are Sam Hird and Ollie Banks.

Hird, predominantly a central defender, has excelled in the holding role on many occasions in his time playing for Cook.

However a switch there will lead to the need for a change in the heart of the back four. Charlie Raglan and Wolves loanee Ashley Carter would be battling for the vacant back line slot if Hird is Cook’s preferred choice.

Veteran Ritchie Humphreys’ selection in that position would lead to the need for no change in the heart of the defence and the manager could well go for that option.

Banks, whose return after picking up an injury in the JPT Final at Wembley last March has been somewhat stop-start, has returned to form in the attacking midfield three in the last couple of games.

He’s the most likely man to move a few yards back if Cook’s line of thought is in this direction.

His switch would allow Gary Roberts to play in the centre of the three behind striker Caolan Lavery with Jay O’Shea, Gboly Ariyibi, Humphreys and Sam Clucas as the choices to perm two from to link with Roberts.

Clucas has been playing at left back and could stay there but as Dan Jones is expected to be fit, his return could see Clucas moving forwards which would lead to just one further spot being up for grabs, O’Shea and Ariyibi would then go head to head if that was the case.

Meanwhile, Owls striker Caolan Lavery has extended his loan stay at the Proact Stadium until the end of the season.

Lavery posted on Twitter: “Happy to have extended my loan with Chesterfield till the end of the season.”