Grounds for optimism as Spireites travel south

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Spireites will add defender Jonathan Grounds to the squad that sets off today for Exeter City.

The Middlesbrough man has been recruited on an emergency one month loan to bolster Chesterfield’s defence that was breached six times at MK Dons last weekend.

Last season he played for Middlesbrough in their 2-1 Carling Cup win at the B2net before going to Hibernian on loan, where he starred in a 3-0 win at Scottish champions Rangers. Towards the end of the season he added to his tally of Boro games, now standing at 37, his last appearance being in mid-March in a 2-1 win over Watford.

Grounds, aged 23, has also had a couple of loan spells at Norwich City to add to his experience.

Boro boss Tony Mowbray said: “He needs to go and play some football. We’ll see how he gets on and what happens after that.”

International clearance for Frenchman Alex Mendy is expected to be completed today. His Czech club FK Mladá Boleslav had seven days to get the relevant paperwork to the Czech Football Association and that deadline expired yesterday. The Czech authorities then had to notify the FA in London to finalise the clearance process.

Defender Dean Holden will be hoping for a recall as will midfielders Jamie Lowry and Dean Morgan, all substitutes at stadiummk last weekend. Simon Ford and Mark Randall are injury doubts.

The Grecians, who lost a midweek Carling Cup tie with Liverpool, will be without striker Guillem Bauza. Steve Tully returns from suspension but Liam Sercombe and Richard Logan are doubtful.

Spireites have had an offer, believed to be in the region of £70,000, accepted by Notts County for winger or forward Craig Westcarr. A former team mate of Jack Lester’s at Forest, if the move is completed, he will go straight into the squad for the trip to Exeter.