Chesterfield debut maker Chris Herd managed to play 80 minutes of the weekend defeat at Coventry City - but insists there’s more to come from him.
“It was my first game in seven months after picking up a serious knee injury playing for Wigan; it needed an operation,” said the Australian international utility player.
Herd, 26, was due to have come off a little earlier but his withdrawl was delayed, with boss Dean Saunders forced into two early changes - Dan Gardner suffering from illness, and Lee Novak picking up a thigh injury.
However the extra time wasn’t a big problem for the former Aston Villa man.
He added: “I felt okay, I feel like I can improve a lot more and I’ll be working hard in training every day to get myself back up to what I consider to be full speed.
“We’ve got a really good fitness coach [Mal Purchase] who looks after us with supplements and he looks after our recoveries.
“That gives us the best possible chance to improve and be ready for the next game and I’m sure I’ll be stronger for the Burton game.”
Drew Talbot will also be available again for the weekend after his one match ban.
Talbot suffered an ankle injury in training after accidentally treading on a ball, but Saunders said: “Drew has trained the best he’s done since I’ve been here.”
The Coventry defeat saw Sam Morsy and Liam O’Neil team up in central midfield for the first time and there was enough seen to indicate that the partnership could be fruitful - even though they, and the three attacking midfielders ahead of them, were unable to find the right ball to bring striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake into any potential scoring positions, something that needs to be improved.