Chesterfield: Spireites sweat over Talbot

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SPIREITES manager Paul Cook’s main worry for tomorrow’s visit of Bristol Rovers is right back Drew Talbot.

He missed yesterday’s training with a virus but the manager hopes he’ll be available to train today and be in Saturday’s squad.

Armand Gnanduillet put in a full training session, his first such activity since before the Rotherham United game and he’s expected to retain his place in the side. Cook will have to decide between Marc Richards and Jack Lester as to who will partner the raw 21 year old. Neither have been banging in the goals of late, indeed no one else has particularly been contributing in that vein either, clearly Cook’s main issue as his defence continues to let in goals only sparingly.

Winger Tendayi Darikwa, who played for the final 10 minutes in the midweek loss at Cheltenham Town after recovering from a double hernia operation, could be recalled to the starting line up. But Cook is likely to remain cautious and keep him on the bench with a spell of 30 or so minutes on the park in his mind.

If the manager does decide to start with December’s Football League Young Player of the Month, Conor Townsend is most likely to miss out. The man on loan from Hull City, a left back, has been playing left midfield, a position Jay O’Shea could switch to if Darikwa starts.

John Ward’s Bristol Rovers beat Exeter City 2-0 on Wednesday, a game Cook attended. Under Ward they’ve picked up 27 points in just 14 games, promotion form, but they sit one place and two points behind Spireites after a dreadful start to the season.

The Pirates beat Chesterfield 3-2 back in November, a game dominated by Cooks’ men. Their attack will be led by Stoke City loanee Ryan Brunt with Eliot Richards hoping to partner him in attack.