Pre-season preview: Chesterfield FC v Leeds United

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Chesterfield host their first pre-season fixture of the summer on Saturday when Leeds United visit the Proact Stadium.

The Spireites’ preparations for the forthcoming League One campaign have been disrupted with injuries and financial strains.

But the club’s focus will return to the field in their latest pre-season fixture with the visit of Championship side Leeds.

The West Yorkshire club have gone through the changes this summer after manager Brian McDermott’s departure in May.

Former Forest Green boss Dave Hockaday was appointed his successor by the Whites’ owner Massimo Cellino last month.

Hockaday watched on as his side were beaten by League Two Mansfield Town on Tuesday night thanks to a Liam Hearn brace.

And, after the game, Leeds’ head coach promised to name a strong line-up for the trip to Chesterfield on Saturday.

Chesterfield, meanwhile, will be without injured trio Aaron Chapman, Drew Talbot and Ollie Banks.

Tommy Lee, Liam Cooper and Eoin Doyle all returned last weekend against Lincoln City but Jay O’Shea (thigh) was absent.

The Spireites manager Paul Cook revealed after the game at Sincil Bank that he has had to revise the training programme.

He said: “It’s clear our numbers aren’t good and the more you train the more injuries you pick up, unfortunately I’m going to have to dilute training a little bit.

“These are little problems that come up and it’s my job as the manager that I manage everything correctly and make the right decisions for the players in what they do before Saturday.”

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