Chesterfield

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake

Dean Saunders will definitely have Liam O’Neil and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake available for this afternoon’s trip to Coventry City.

Spireites’ manager can also call upon new signing Chris Herd for the first time and he’s expected to slot in at right back due to Drew Talbot’s absence due to suspension.

Central defender Sam Hird (ribs) could be back, his manager was awaiting his reaction this morning after resuming full training yesterday.

If fit, that could mean four changes for Chesterfield with Talbot, Charlie Raglan, Gboly Ariyibi and Ollie Banks the men most likely to make way, meaning the bench will be the strongest it has been all season with a number of previous occupants set to be left out of the matchday squad.

Saunders’ side have won their last two away matches, at Millwall and Shrewsbury Town, whilst Tony Mowbray’s City are unbeaten at the Ricoh Arena this season.

The hosts are expected to welcome back former Barnsley midfielder Jim O’Brien after he missed the 1-0 defeat at Scunthorpe United through illness whilst new loan man Adam Jackson, from Middlesbrough, could come in to contention.

Jordan Willis and James Maddision are out through injury.

Spireites have only won twice on Coventry’s own turf; 1948 was the last time and 1926, on Chesterfield’s first visit to the City, the previous time.