Blues boss hopes to add fresh faces in window

Manager Paul Cook sent to the stands for the second half against Dagemham by Tina Jenner Chesterfield v Dagenham and Redbridge
Manager Paul Cook sent to the stands for the second half against Dagemham by Tina Jenner Chesterfield v Dagenham and Redbridge
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Chesterfield boss Paul Cook has given his first hint that he may be looking to add to the squad in the January transfer window.

The Spireites, who travel to Northampton Town today, have been hit with a wave of injuries over the past month, which at one stage saw no less than nine key players sidelined.

The squad was severely stretched throughout December to the point where the manager could only name six substitutions against Plymouth Argyle.

Liam Cooper, Ollie Banks, Nathan Smith and Armand Gnanduillet have all made a return to the first team picture, and there could yet be further good news with Gary Roberts expected to be involved at Sixfields.

Yet Chesterfield, who remain top of League Two, are likely to be without Marc Richards (hamstring), Jimmy Ryan (shoulder), Sam Morsy (knee) and Aaron Chapman (knee).

Cook said: “We want to get the injured lads back and fit.

“There is half a chance we might be looking to freshen it up in January and bring one or two in. If we can do that then we can go into the second half of the season really looking forward to it.”

The futures of Spireites duo Jamie Devitt and Gary McSheffrey, who both signed short term deals that end this month, are yet to be decided.

Club captain Ian Evatt is suspended after he picked up a fifth yellow card of the season during the 1-1 draw with Dagenham and Redbridge.

“It’s disappointing to pick up two points from two games when we were looking to take maximum points and kick on,” added Cook.

Sunday’s match also saw Sam Hird sent off and he too will miss the game against rock-bottom Northampton, who sacked Aidy Boothroyd less than a month after a goalless draw at the Proact Stadium. Andy King, who was Boothroyd’s assistant, has taken over temporary charge.

They lost 1-0 at Burton Albion on Boxing Day and drew 0-0 at Portsmouth on Sunday.