Jack Lester’s arm injury is more serious than first thought.
The striker fractured his left arm in three places as well as suffering a dislocation and he was detained in hospital awaiting an operation following the Leyton Orient match. A metal plate will be inserted to aid recovery and the 35 year old could be out for up to four months.
Lester’s absence increases pressure on manager John Sheridan to add two loan strikers to his roster. He was searching for at least one ahead of the injury.
With the transfer window closed, any loan men can only be recruited for a maximum of 93 days, meaning there’ll be a gap for at least part of December before permanent deals can be struck again.
Saturday’s draw with Orient was a big improvement from the team, yet two points from six games is a trend that needs to be reversed. Losing the squad’s most experienced frontman is a massive blow for the Spireites, already experiencing their worst start in a century. This weekend they travel to struggling Bournemouth.