Chesterfield have moved quickly to sign Joe Murphy from Huddersfield Town on an emergency loan after Tommy Lee was ruled out of the play-off semi-final second leg at Preston on Sunday.
Lee suffered an injury to his left ankle in the second half of the Spireites’ first leg at home to the Lilywhites on Thursday night and has been ruled out of the second leg tomorrow.
There was an air of concern around the Proact Stadium when Lee struggled to shake it off but continued in goal, with no reserve keeper on the bench for Chesterfield - Aaron Chapman and Myles Wright also injured.
The Football League have given the Spireites special dispensation to sign a keeper on loan and the Spireites have turned to a man they know well in 33-year-old Murphy.
Goalkeeper coach Eric Nixon worked with Murphy when he was coming through the ranks at Tranmere Rovers and the former West Brom, Coventry and Scunthorpe man will start at Deepdale.
Paul Cook, the Chesterfield manager, said: “When we were looking for a keeper at short notice, Joe was an obvious choice. He was coached by Eric Nixon as a youngster at Tranmere and has vast experience with over 500 senior appearances under his belt.
“I’d like to thank Huddersfield for helping out by loaning Joe to us.”
Murphy, who has two full Republic of Ireland caps, made his debut for Huddersfield in their Capital One Cup tie against the Spireites last August.