Martinez injury blow for Spireites

Angel Martinez
Angel Martinez

Chesterfield manager Dean Saunders has confirmed that Spanish midfielder Angel will be out for six months.

The former Espanyol player fell in training and ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament.

His manager said: “Since he’s come into the team we’ve only conceded one goal in three games and that was a 95th minute world class strike.

“He’s the sort of player who’s always in the right place, making tackles and laying off the ball, the sort no-one notices but the sort that wins the Players’ Player of the Year because they know what he does.”

Martinez revealed his frusration in a tweet last night which stated: “So angry to get this injury just when I was really enjoying playing football.”

How Saunders will cover the engine-roomer depends on Drew Talbot’s fitness.

He turned an ankle in training last Friday and missed the Millwall win but he’s been recovering quickly and Spireites’ boss says he’s ’50-50’ for the visit of Wigan Athletic tomorrow.

New signing Liam O’Neil covered at right back last week and he could switch to the middle to cover Angel with Charlie Raglan coming in at the back, possibly in the centre with Sam Hird moving wide or indeed Raglan could be selected at full-back.

Alternatively Ollie Banks could come into midfield so the defence is unchanged.

Saunders will also have to cover for Gboly Ariyibi who’s with USA U23’s; fit again Lee Novak looks like his replacement after he’s recovered from a nasty facial injury.

Tommy Lee is expected to make his 281st league appearance for the club, a total that moves him into the top twenty all-time list.

Wigan, still recipients of £10m in parachute payments this season, have yet to manage any reward on their travels.

They will be without Will Grigg, on Northern Ireland duty for their World Cup qualifers double-header against the Faroe Islands and Hungary, meaning former Chesterfield hero Craig Davies looks certain to start up front.

Two other ex-Spireites, midfielder David Perkins and keeper Richard O’Donnell look set to start as well.