Chesterfield manager Paul Cook is facing an injury crisis ahead of Saturday’s clash at Morecambe.
The Spireites boss revealed a handful of players are likely to miss the trip north west but remained tight-lipped over the individuals.
Armand Gnanduillet looks set to be one of those absentees with a troublesome knee problem picked up in a behind-closed-doors match with Notts County on Tuesday.
The Ivorian under-21 international has made a habit of scoring crucial goals from the bench this season, notably at home to Southend and away at Portsmouth.
The extent of his injury is not yet known, while Marc Richards is still struggling with a thigh injury that has kept him out of the last two matches and Nathan Smith is still understood to be a couple of weeks away.
Gary Roberts will serve the first of his three-match suspension following his sending off against Mansfield Town.
And Cook said it gives some of the other members of the squad a chance to impress.
He said: “We are going to be stretched but it gives one or two of the lads who have waited patiently an opportunity to stake their claim for a regular first team place.”
Cook may make moves in the loan market to cover the injuries in his squad with a busy fixture schedule during October, starting at the Globe Arena tomorrow.
Chesterfield will be looking to bounce back from their derby day defeat to Mansfield.
And Ritchie Humphreys says the mood in the camp remains confident.
He said: “We don’t underestimate Morecambe but we have to be confident, we’re still top of the league.
“Because of the way we’ve been playing there’s no reason why we don’t go there confident, without being over-confident or arrogant.
“They’re on a run but we want to get on a run ourselves.”