Spireites boosted by Owen injury

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Port Vale will be without influential centre half Gareth Owen for their visit to the B2net Stadium tomorrow.

Owen, who was sent out on a season’s loan to Stockport in John Sheridan’s first campaign as manager at Oldham, limped off after 10 minutes of Vale’s 2-1 win over Lincoln City in midweek with a hamstring problem.

Kris Taylor came on at left back with Lee Collins switching to a central berth for caretaker boss Mark Grew’s side.

Striker Marc Richards bagged his 100th career goal in the come from behind win that saw Valiants overtake Rotherham United and return to the play-off zone.

Sean Rigg will be available again after suspension but Dominic Blizzard is still out injured.

Spireites, long term victim Aaron Downes apart, have a fully fit squad but Simon Ford, out for five weeks with a calf injury, is unlikely to get a start until he has had another reserve outing.

Last season, at Saltergate, Vale ran riot and hammered Chesterfield 5-0 with Richards bagging a hat-trick and Craig Davies scoring a penalty for his then club. Half a dozen of Spireites’ starters that day, plus five of the subs, are no longer with the club, showing how much things have changed in the last year.

Indeed, Tommy Lee, Mark Allott and Drew Talbot are the sole survivors from the starting 11.

Prior to that, Chesterfield had won the previous six home games against Vale.