Sheffield United target Jimmy Ryan is happy at Chesterfield and wants to stay, insists Spireites boss Paul Cook

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Spireites boss Paul Cook is confident that midfielder Jimmy Ryan will remain with the club, with Sheffield United interested in the midfielder.

Blades boss Nigel Clough admitted yesterday that Ryan is one of a dozen names on a shortlist of midfielders, but Cook, who has opened contract negotiations with the Irish youth international, said: “Jimmy’s happy here and wants to stay.”

Cook, meanwhile, could welcome back top scorer Eoin Doyle for the Boxing Day game at home to Peterborough.

After naming just four substitutes for the trip to Gillingham, Cook said Doyle was ‘good to go,’ after being on the bench at the Priestfield nursing a slight hamstring problem.

Doyle looks set to return to the starting line-up in place of Armand Gnanduillet who led the line in the 3-2 win at Gills.

Cook also welcomes back Dan Jones after suspension, Ollie Banks has been recalled from his loan at Northampton, whilst Dan Gardner’s knee injury has cleared up enough to be considered.

The manager also said Drew Talbot, who has played just one game since February, could be considered after receiving the green light to return.

Sam Clucas, who scored the opener at Gillingham, looks set to remain at left-back despite Jones’s availability, a move that will ensure Romy Boco retains his place after putting in a terrific show in his first start since September.

Jay O’Shea could be in line for a recall, with Ritchie Humphreys most likely to give way as Cook looks to maximize the use of his squad for this game plus Sunday’s trip to Coventry City.

Key midfielder Sam Morsy will be missing, serving the second of his three game suspension.

Darren Ferguson’s Posh, with just one league win in two months, could be without key defender Gabriel Zakuani.

Fellow back four man Jack Baldwin is also unlikely to be fit, he’s not played in eight weeks whilst key playmaker Jon Taylor is also a doubt.

Additionally, Brighton have recalled striker Craig Mackail-Smith from his loan so Conor Washington is likely to come in alongside Aaron McLean.

Spireites will be unveiling their brand new big screen at the match for a fixture that’s been won by the away side in the five meetings prior to United’s Wembley win in the JPT back in March.